UR fraternity suspended after ‘grossly offensive’ email

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The University of Richmond has suspended one of its fraternities after an email containing “grossly offensive language” was sent to members of the student body last week.

According to a university spokesperson, two members of the Kappa Alpha fraternity sent the email to roughly 100 students on Friday.

UR’s student newspaper, The Colegian, obtained a copy of the email, which read, in part:

“Tonight’s the type of night that makes fathers afraid to send their daughters away to school. Let’s get it.”

A university spokesperson tells 8News the school has suspended all chapter operations, activities and events pending an investigation. The school also contacted  the national Kappa Alpha Headquarters, which promptly suspended the chapter while it conducts its own membership review and investigation.

Below is a statement from UR spokesperson Cynthia Price:

We learned this morning of an email from two members of the Kappa Alpha National Fraternity that was sent to about 100 students on campus. The e-mail contained grossly offensive language and suggestions of behavior inconsistent with our policies concerning Greek life and with the caring nature of our campus community. As a result, the University has suspended all chapter operations, activities, and events pending a thorough investigation. We have also contacted the national Kappa Alpha Headquarters, which promptly suspended the chapter while it conducts its own membership review and investigation.

University administration will be meeting with Greek leadership to discuss the suspension and to reiterate our expectations for Greek Life, which include standards of behavior, sustaining a respectful and safe campus climate, and the core values of service, leadership, scholarship and fellowship.

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