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There are 8 comments on BU Suspends Kappa Sigma Fraternity Chapter

  1. good. It is time these boys understand the culture they permitted and fostered is rooted in violence, degradation, and misogyny. What’s even more disturbing is to see the way they have been acting after this incident. Many members of the frat (wearing their frat tee shirts) still congregate and take up big tables in common spaces while talking about the situation in ways that are too disturbing to even mention. Ashamed that these frat members think it’s okay and still sit in class with everyone.

  2. I don’t want to sound like an absolutist, but I think every non-professional, non-coed fraternity should be dismantled on both a local and national level. People like Wilson are the perpetuators of this violence, and people like Kelleher are the perpetrators. Their mere existence creates an inherently toxic and violent environment. BU can—and should—do its part by eliminating each remaining fraternity on campus and creating punishments for those who join them anyway.

  3. BU needs to directly address these allegations, and not just use the excuse of the frat breaking the rules put in place by the Dean. As a school I think we need to take a hard look at the amount of allegations and stories from survivors, and realize how much of this is caused by the culture of Greek Life itself. This is just my personal opinion, but having seen the Greek Life culture at this school and several others, fraternities are a breeding ground for apathetic, aggressive and violent behaviors.

  4. I went to the protest against Kappa Sigma last week. We went to the frat house and protested for about 2 hours. Halfway through the protest, their neighbors joined us. It’s so glad to see so many people care about students’ living environment and call to an end to sexual assault when it occurs. I felt supported by BU when I saw the news that Kappa Sigma will no longer be recognized as a BU-affiliated organization. This matters a lot to the survivors. Although I don’t think it is just the school’s responsibility to teach students about sexual assault prevention as it often occurs on campus, BU has done a great job in educating people about how to recognize, respond, and intervene in unsafe or unhealthy conditions and supporting the victims.

  5. The BU administration is to be commended for its more vigorous response to reports of alleged sexual assaults on campus. Sanctions of this sort will go much further in reducing unacceptable behavior than the its obligatory online Sexual Misconduct Prevention Learning Module (along with its prior incarnation rolled out a couple of years ago). Time and time again, across a broad array of institutions (whether educational, religious, military or corporate), it’s more than often the inability, or unwillingness, of those in leadership positions to apply serious sanctions on those responsible for this kind of behavior that allows it to fester. If victims aren’t willing to come forward to seek justice, it’s because they don’t trust those in positions of power to take their allegations seriously. They see that the perpetrators have little, if anything, to fear, and thus keep quiet, only allowing the problem to continue. Forceful student mobilizations centering on this problem are to be commended. If students continue to apply pressure from the streets, college and university administrations will be forced to pay attention and to take the kind of serious action from which they’ve been shying away. It’s much easier to “play tough” with obligatory online “learning” or “training” courses (to be completed in a couple of hours, potentially with your eyes closed) than actually to be tough–i.e., by carrying out serious investigations and applying the appropriate punishments.

  6. I think it might to be cut all frats. They encourage exclusivity. Given the criminal behavior at these frats, is there any way to replace these groups by having more clubs? Every time I see these stories, I am embarrassed and ashamed as an alum. I have lots of people getting away with this when I was at BU.

  7. In all honesty, this frat will be back in no time. This is just a publicity stunt. The school shares responsibility for these sexual assaults as they allow these frats and sororities to exist. Boston University as well many other universities are the biggest enablers of racial abuse, sexual abuse, violence and criminal behavior at these places. Like I said, this is just a publicity city. They had decades to do something. #BU is an enabler.

  8. It could be a good idea if there’s a town hall with the university President. Hopefully many of the victims can ask him questions. Hopefully it can be broadcasted on YouTube. I’d love to hear his responses especially to the victims in a public setting. For example, why are some victims trashed when they report sexual assault. Like I said, I want the university President to answer questions from the victims to the best of his abilities in a very public setting. I also don’t want him to get the questions beforehand.

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