Richmond Suspends Fraternity for 'Offensive' Email

September 13, 2016

The University of Richmond chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity was suspended by both the university and its national headquarters Monday after two members sent an email that Richmond officials said contained "grossly offensive language."

The email was an event reminder about the fraternity's first party of the year. The message, which was sent at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, urged other students, including freshmen, to start drinking alcohol in preparation for the event. "Tonight's the type of night that makes fathers afraid to send their daughters away to school," the email concluded. "Let's get it."

In a statement Monday, the university said it had suspended all chapter activities "pending a thorough investigation" into the email, which officials said contained "suggestions of behavior inconsistent with our polices concerning Greek life and with the caring nature of our campus community." The email comes at a time when the University of Richmond is under fire for how it responded to a student's claim that it mishandled her sexual assault allegations.

"We know that it is our job and responsibility to help students, to care for them and to contribute to the well-being of each individual and our community as a whole," Ronald A. Crutcher, the university's president, said in an email to the campus on Friday.

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