It turns out that the culprits were members of Sigma Nu. In response to the banner investigation, Sigma Nu has suspended fraternity activities.
From 13 News Now:
In a statement Monday, Beacham said activities of the Eta Chi Chapter are suspended pending completion of an investigation.
“The Fraternity condemns the derogatory and demeaning language used on the banners. Such language has no place in our Fraternity or within any caring community, such as that of ODU,” Beacham said. “Any Fraternity member found to be responsible for this reprehensible display will be held accountable by the Fraternity,”
Totally uncalled for. Can people not take a joke anymore?
Welcome week is a time for freshmen to get settled into their places, moms to tear up while dropping off their kids, and for creative guys to make some awesome signs to hang from their balconies. Take for example these:
You can’t help but laugh at those signs. Just some casual jokes being tossed around. At Old Dominion, a few guys decided to hop on this trend and make a few funny signs of their own. This is what those brilliant minds came up with.
Magnificent. Unfortunately, some folks at Old Dominion don’t have exquisite taste in art like this. These people were outraged at the sign. They said it gave off a little bit of a rapey vibe. After tracking down the signs on the off-campus house, the students were forced to take them down.
The president of the university was one of those who didn’t like the sign and sent out the following message to all faculty and students.
I am outraged about the offensive message directed toward women that was visible for a time on 43rd Street. Our students, campus community and alumni have been offended.
While we constantly educate students, faculty and staff about sexual assault and sexual harassment, this incident confirms our collective efforts are still failing to register with some.
A young lady I talked to earlier today courageously described the true meaning of the hurt this caused. She thought seriously about going back home.
But she was heartened, she explained, when she saw how fellow students were reacting to this incident on social media. She realized this callous and senseless act did not reflect the Old Dominion she has come to love.
The Student Government Association has recently developed the “Monarchs Raising Up” campaign educating our students on prevention of sexual and relationship violence, bystander intervention, and off-campus responsible behavior. Through video, online and in-person content, we layer education on these topics for all of our students throughout the year. All new freshman just received education this weekend on preventing discrimination and sexual assault in sessions we call “First Class.”
Here is a link to a video from our student leaders responding to this event–just one example of how Old Dominion University students take a stand every day in regards to respecting each other and promoting responsible behavior: https://youtu.be/NC72ruvRtdY
I said at my State of the University address that there is zero tolerance on this campus for sexual assault and sexual harassment. This incident will be reviewed immediately by those on campus empowered to do so. Any student found to have violated the code of conduct will be subject to disciplinary action.
John R. Broderick
I’m just going to chalk this up to guys being dudes. No harm. No foul..
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