SDSU Frats: Parties Off, Anti-Rape Courses On

Leaders agree to suspend social activities
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2014 11:06 PM CST
Updated Nov 27, 2014 4:12 AM CST
SDSU Frats: Parties Off, Anti-Rape Courses On
Students walk past the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house at San Diego State University in San Diego.    (AP Photo/Denis Poroy,File)

Shameful behavior at an anti-rape march last Friday appears to have been the last straw at San Diego State University, where fraternity and sorority socializing has been suspended. Leaders of the Greek system say partying will be on hold until members of the groups have attended sexual assault prevention courses, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The Take Back the Night march was interrupted by members of two fraternities who chucked eggs, waved sex toys, and shouted obscenities from frat house balconies, according to a spokeswoman for the Concerned Students group. The next night, there was a report of a sexual assault at a frat house, and a woman said six men had tried to pull her into a car near campus.

"Aggressive and violent and abusive behavior from fraternity members goes unchecked," the Concerned Students spokeswoman tells Reuters. "This year there have been 14 sexual assaults at SDSU, five of them at fraternities, and not one arrest has been made." University leaders praised the move to suspend social activities, which was agreed upon after fraternity and sorority leaders met with university administrators and the campus sexual assault task force, the Los Angeles Times reports. "We are pleased to see the Greek community step forward and acknowledge they have an important role to play in this ongoing discussion and cultural change," a university spokesman says. At the University of Virginia, frats have been suspended until January after a report of a gang rape. (More San Diego State University stories.)

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