Target: Penn State President Eric Barron
Goal: Demand punishment for fraternity that posted nude photos of women on a Facebook page without their consent.
A fraternity at Penn State has been accused of posting inappropriate material on a private Facebook page. The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity allegedly created a page titled 2.0, where they posted pictures of hazing, drugs and of unconscious women. The police began investigating the page in January after receiving a tip from a former member. The officers handling the case say that it may lead to criminal charges as several women have come forward as victims. The page had a total of 144 active users when it was discovered by the police, according to a search warrant.
The frat has been temporarily suspended for a period of one year. This temporary punishment is simply unacceptable and isn’t setting an example for other universities with similar problems. Penn Sate is not the only university with fraternities that behave in ways that are not in line with the core values of the institution. Those who will decide on the punishment dealt in this case should consider it as an opportunity to send a message to frats across the country, that they will be held accountable for their actions regardless of their affiliations with influential groups.
Sign the petition below to urge campus officials to do the right thing and properly punish everyone involved.
Dear Penn State President Eric Barron,
The images that were found on the Facebook page created by Kappa Delta Rho fall in line with what many fraternities in America have become. The behavior that members of many fraternities engage in should be met with the same consequences that any other student or individual would endure.
So far, the fraternity has only been suspended for one year. This is sending an insufficient message to other fraternities who already feel as if they will only receive a slap on the wrist if caught behaving irresponsibly.
You should take the time to consider the ramifications for what the members of this fraternity have done. The women shown on that page will not be able to erase the emotional pain they endured when their nude image was posted without their consent. A one year suspension is not equivalent to the damage these students have caused as they’ve likely done much more over the years than create a Facebook page. The real tragedy is what may have happened before and after the photos were taken.
I urge you set an example for other universities who should hold fraternities up to the same standard as other students.
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