BU frat suspended for 'misogynistic and sexually suggestive photos' – My Fox Boston

BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — A fraternity suspended from Boston University for “misogynistic and sexually suggestive photos” promoting a party is firing back against the allegations.
Thursday night, a national spokesman for the Kappa Sigma fraternity told FOX25 “While Kappa Sigma does not typically comment publicly on matters of chapter discipline. there are several factual inaccuracies being reported about the situation that we feel it necessary to correct.”
The alleged incident in question was a “University Blackout” party planned on Dec. 10 at the Royale in downtown Boston.
BU officials said fraternity Kappa Sigma cosponsored the party and used BU’s name in the event’s marketing, “wrongly implying that the university cosponsored the event.”
Officials went on to say that the promotional photos, which included pictures of women’s bare breasts and buttocks, created a “culture of abusive behavior that openly celebrates verbal sexual coercion, belittling women, grabbing, groping, forced kissing, and the badgering of women for sex.”
The Dean of Students said when BU discovered the promotions and contacted the fraternity, it took down the promotions and no Kappa Sigma members actually attended the event.
On Feb. 6, Kappa Sigma was suspended from campus and no longer recognized by the University.
Thursday, a spokesman for the fraternity told FOX25 that the incident at the center of the controversy was entirely planned and funded by an outside organization to which Kappa Sigma members had no affiliation.
“A few individual members of the Chapter – on their own – initially agreed to help promote the function, which originally was planned as a music concert. After learning of the negative direction the promotions were taking, the Mu-Psi Chapter immediately directed all members to disassociate themselves with the event,” said spokesman Derald Dryman.
Victims’ rights attorney Wendy Murphy said parties and binge drinking events like one associated with Kappa Sigma’s suspension are far too common and place college women in dangerous positions.
“We should know more, and we should know details, and we should know how it came be to be that this party was planned,” Murphy said.
Murphy said BU did not go far enough in its discipline with Kappa Sigma, which can file for reinstatement in July.
“The fact, that it’s not completely banned is an indication that the University leadership doesn’t think this is all that bad. That’s a problem,” Murphy said.
BU students said they would like to see more action by the University …Read More