Fraternity Suspended for Asking Members Who They'd Like to Rape

I went to a large, private football school that was at least 80% "Greek," and I lived right next to the frat houses. So believe me, I get that fraternities and the women's studies set do not much overlap. But even by fraternities' generally low standards for lady-respect, this is vile

The University of Vermont temporarily suspended a fraternity after a questionable questionnaire. Administrators call the social survey "highly-offensive" because of a question about rape....

The SigEp survey starts with typical questions: name, major, favorite memories.

But, the final question drew the eye of the UVM administration. It reads: "If I could rape someone, who would it be?"

(Emphasis mine.)

Apparently this particular frat was already on probation for alcohol violations, and now women's rights groups on the campus are calling for the fraternity to be shut down for good. As of Tuesday, a petition to that effect had received over 1,000 signatures, and a rally is scheduled at the school today.

After the chapter's survey went public, school administrators got the national fraternity involved. "Any behavior that demeans women is not tolerated by the fraternity," the group said in a statement.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 15, 2011, 7:17am

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