University of Richmond fraternity suspended after sexist email surfaces

University of Richmond fraternity suspended after sexist email surfaces

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A University of Richmond fraternity has been suspended as the school conducts an investigation after a sexist email surfaced over the weekend.

The suspension comes after members of UR's Kappa Alpha Order emailed nearly 100 students on Friday, according to the school's newspaper The Collegian.

"Tonight's the type of night that makes fathers afraid to send their daughters away to school," the email reads. "Let's get it."

UR issued this statement Monday afternoon:

We learned this morning of an email from two members of the Kappa Alpha National Fraternity that was sent to about 100 students on campus. The e-mail contained grossly offensive language and suggestions of behavior inconsistent with our policies concerning Greek life and with the caring nature of our campus community. As a result, the University has suspended all chapter operations, activities, and events pending a thorough investigation. We have also contacted the national Kappa Alpha Headquarters, which promptly suspended the chapter while it conducts its own membership review and investigation.

The Kappa Alpha Order was the first national fraternity at the school and was founded in 1870, according to the university's website.

"Members of Kappa Alpha seek to live by the seven virtues of our spiritual founder Robert E. Lee: sincerity, moral strength, dignity, humbleness, courtesy, sympathy, and religious fervor," UR says on its website. "Brothers of the Eta chapter pride themselves on making positive contributions in the community, the classroom, and everywhere in between."

The fraternity also issued a statement on Monday:

Gentlemanly conduct is at the core of Kappa Alpha Order’s values. Due to actions contrary to those values and our Risk Management Policy, the chapter operations have been temporarily suspended at the University of Richmond pending the outcome of an in-depth, individual review and chapter investigation. The National Administrative Office is working in conjunction with the University of Richmond administration and chapter leadership.

In the past week, UR has been accused of mishandling rape allegations. The suspension of the fraternity has not been connected to either of those cases.

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