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IN THE NEWS: Yale DKE Suspended for Chanting

Posted on 18 May 2011

Just wait till you read this story. If you haven’t scrolled down and read our newest Quote of the Day, you might want to. As always, we keep the brotherhood informed. Recent headlines come out of Yale University where DKE has just been served a 5 year suspension for… well… chanting? You’re going to have to figure this one out for yourself. Just another reason why society is a bunch of #29 douchebags. What ever happened to freedom of speech? Check it out:

Yale is imposing a five-year punishment on its most notorious fraternity and asking the frat’s national organization to do the same.

Delta Kappa Epsilon brought the university bad publicity last fall, when a group of pledges stood in Yale’s freshman quad shouting “No means yes! Yes means anal!” and other sexually aggressive chants. The unwelcome attention multiplied in April, when the federal Department of Education announced it is investigating a complaint that Yale harbors a hostile sexual environment. Citing the DKE incident, among others, the complainants contend that Yale has “not a zero-tolerance policy, but a tolerance policy.”

Now, Yale College dean Mary Miller ’81 PhD announces, the college’s Executive Committee will ban the DKE chapter from conducting on-campus activities and using Yale e-mail or bulletin boards for five years. Since the chapter is not a registered student group, Yale can’t simply suspend it. But the ExComm has asked DKE’s national organization to do so.

In an e-mail to students and faculty, Miller writes that, after a “full hearing,” the Executive committee found:

“The DKE chapter, as an organization, one comprised of Yale students, had threatened and intimidated others, in violation of the Undergraduate Regulations of Yale College as they pertain to “harassment, coercion or intimidation” and “imperiling the integrity and values of the University community.” The Executive Committee further found several fraternity members had also, as individuals, violated the same regulations.”

She can’t reveal the names of those individuals or their punishments, Miller writes, because ExComm proceedings are confidential.


After the chanting incident last fall, DKE’s parent organization ordered the chapter to stop recruiting — but then lifted the ban within weeks, apparently without telling Miller.

The national organization’s executive director, Doug Lanpher, tells the Associated Press he was surprised and disappointed at Miller’s announcement, “because he thought the negotiations were confidential.” (Miller’s e-mail doesn’t mention negotiations, just ExComm actions.) The AP article continues:

“He said the fraternity had dealt with the matter internally by placing the chapter on probation, ceasing its pledging activities immediately and developing a new pledging process.”

“We know it was in poor taste,” Lanpher said of the incident. “We don’t advocate what they said. We believe that the chapter’s behavior has changed.”

According to the national organization’s website — which boasts photos of both presidents Bush — “DKE is the only fraternity chapter at Yale which has never gone inactive.” For now.

Check out the full letter text: Yale Daily News

Just trying to keep the brotherhood informed with society’s bullshit regulations. Not cool, just not cool.

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4 Responses to “IN THE NEWS: Yale DKE Suspended for Chanting”

  1. PledgeMaster says:


  2. Specstre says:

    I think that Yale is overreacting. Students are always screaming random stuff, it just so happens that all of these students were in DKE. I’m sure if random students came together and screamed the same things nothing would’ve happened. Clear double standard.

  3. FratBro says:

    I’m in a frat, but what they did was illegal. They took the risk. Just because you have freedom of speech, what they said is technically sexual harassment

  4. chronomax says:

    Spectre, you have any evidence to back that statement up?

    While I’m very hard with the first amendment, allowing more of it I mean, I don’t condone sexual harassment to the point of rape just a joke.

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