Sexually Offensive Banners At ODU Off-Campus House On Move-In Day Raise Concerns
Officials and students have raised concerns regarding sexually derogatory welcome banners that hung from the balconies of off-campus houses at Ohio State University and Old Dominion University during move-in day.
The incident led to the suspension of the fraternity at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia.
As reported by WCMH-TV, these signs that read, “Dads, We’ll Take it From Here” and “Daughter Day Care 2.0,” hung outside a home rented by seven male OSU seniors.
Justin Miller, one of the seniors, said, “Our motives were not to insult or look down on anyone, not to be sexist. Our motive is just to have fun, it is college.”
Some of the other banners read, “Rowdy and Fun. Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time,” “Freshman daughter drop off,” and “Go ahead and drop off mom too,” as reported by WTKR.
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Also read: Old Dominion University Fraternity: ‘Sexually Suggestive’ Welcome Banners Leads To Suspension
‘I am outraged about the offensive message’
The banners have raised concerns, urging the university and student leaders to take action against those responsible.
University president John R. Broderick said in a letter, “I am outraged about the offensive message directed toward women that was visible for a time on 43rd Street. Our students, campus community and alumni have been offended.”
The Interfraternity Council at ODU said the banners were “highly offensive.” While the council held “several fraternity members” culpable of the act, the national Sigma Nu organization said the matter was not so conspicuous.
In a statement, Sigma Nu Executive Director Brad Beacham said, “Initial reports regarding the banners indicated that no fraternity member had involvement with the banners. However, additional information received by the fraternity today indicates that some chapter members may have had involvement with the banners.”
The entire statement was also posted on ODU’s Facebook page.
ODU’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment
Measures and steps were taken against offensive move-in signs in 2014 by Bowling Green State University. As reported by BG News, several signs like “Daughter drop off,” “We’ll trade beers for girls,” “Freshman boy drop off” and “Freshman girl training center,” had been displayed by students and community members living on Wooster Street.
The Faculty Senate called for the dean of students’ office to “impose the appropriate sanctions against students found in violation of Student Code of Conduct regarding sexual harassment that creates a hostile environment.”
The university president emphasized ODU’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment.
“While we constantly educate students, faculty and staff about sexual assault and sexual harassment, this incident confirms our collective efforts are still failing to register with some,” Broderick said.
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