Bush's Yale Frat Suspended for Sex Harassment

'No means yes' chant gets fraternity 5-year ban
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 18, 2011 4:05 AM CDT
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(Newser) – George W. Bush's Yale fraternity has been suspended for 5 years by the university for threatening and sexist behavior. Officials ruled that the Yale DKE chapter had violated undergraduate regulations concerning "harassment, coercion and intimidation" earlier this year when pledges were instructed to chant phrases such as: “No means yes" and "Yes means anal.” The "Dekes" will not be allowed to hold any events on campus or recruit members during the suspension, reports Reuters. Individual penalties were also handed out to certain members.

The fraternity's national organization, which had earlier suspended chapter activities for a month, termed the penalty "excessive," reports the Yale Daily News. "We believe that corrective action has already been taken," said a spokesman. The chants were considered the last straw in a string of sexist incidents by the frat that led to an official complaint by 16 students filed with the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, charging that Yale violated Title IX regulations requiring equal treatment of the sexes. Check here for more on the complaint. Federal officials are investigating.

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