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Yale Fraternity Suspended for Harassment

On Tuesday, Yale University Dean Mary Miller announced that the university’s chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity will be suspended after its pledged chanted “no means yes, yes means anal” at an initiation event last fall. DKE will be barred from holding any activities on Yale’s campus for five years. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are both former members of this DKE chapter.

Dean of Student Affairs Marichal Gentry filed an initial complaint to the Yale Executive Committee, claiming that the fraternity had engaged in “sexual harassment” and had “imperil[ed] the integrity and values of the University community.” Dean Miller indicated that Yale will also impose penalties on individual fraternities.

Yale University is also currently under federal investigation for violating Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sexual discrimination, violence, and harassment, based on the claims filed by 16 Yale students claiming that the university is a sexually hostile environment.

Sources:

CNN 5/18/11; Inside Higher Ed 5/18/11; Statement of Yale University 5/17/11; Huffington Post 4/1/11

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