The Alpha Rho chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at Georgia Tech faces banishment from campus for the next three years, in the wake of several incidents that brought controversy upon the fraternity during the fall and winter.
Last October, an email among fraternity brothers was leaked, the letter instructing men to use alcohol in loosening up women. At one point a reference is made to "luring the rape bait," in addition to giving tips on how to have sex with women.
Following the distribution of that letter, the fraternity was put on probation. On Jan. 17, campus police received a report of a rape at the fraternity house, in addition to underage drinking.
"Not a good representation of what the student body at Tech is like," said Sam Somani, a writer for the student newspaper, The Technique. He and fellow student writer Josh Garrick followed the story for nearly six months.
"There's some messed up things happening inside that (frat) house that really need to be changed," said Somani.
"This isn't the type of stuff to joke about," said Garrick. "Sexual violence is a serious problem in college campuses across the nation, not just Georgia Tech."
Based on events over the last six months, the university elected to disband the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity for three years, meaning any current freshmen will be graduated by the time the chapter is eligible to come back.
"I am highly disappointed Alpha Rho chapter failed to live up to the ideals of our fraternity," said fraternity CEO Tim Hudson. "It is never easy to close a chapter, but under these circumstances it is clear that problems within Alpha Rho chapter require a break in operations."
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