Students at American University are petitioning the school to expel all members of the Epsilon Iota Fraternity, an organization which was officially suspended by the University in 2001 but is still active underground according to The Fratergate Tumblr page.
This call for action comes from petitioners who accuse members of exchanging emails which “discussed being present, or condoning sexual violence, assault, battery, slander and all other actions relevant to physical, sexual, emotional and all other forms of abuse.”
The controversy started after The Fratergate posted these emails on their page Thursday night. The main topic of discussion, according to InTheCapital, was whether a brother of the EI fraternity physically assaulted a female student in 2012.
The operators of the Tumblr page were told to keep the emails quiet because it could possibly create legal problems but according to them:
Turning a blind eye is exactly the same as accepting this kind of behavior and saying ‘this is not our problem.’ It is our problem.
Gail Hanson, vice president of campus life at AU, sent an email to the campus community which according to campus newspaper The Eagle said:
We are outraged by the reprehensible content of this material. It could not be more contrary to American University’s values and standards. We assure our campus community that we are pursuing these matters deliberately and expeditiously, so that violations of the law are addressed and university conduct code standards are upheld.