Swarthmore College fraternities were suspended after the school’s newspapers leaked redacted documents referring to a “rape attic.”
Two fraternities at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania have disbanded following days of outrage over leaked documents featuring racist, homophobic and misogynist language, including references to a “rape attic.”
Phi Psi fraternity decided to disband Tuesday “after a week of deliberation,” according to a Facebook post from the group.
“The content of the documents released is unacceptable, and we understand the long-term impact of the documents on our fraternity’s culture as a toxic element that cannot continue to exist on Swarthmore’s campus,” the statement read.
Phi Psi and the college’s only other fraternity, Delta Upsilon, were suspended Monday, days after student-run news outlets The Phoenix and Voices published redacted 116-page documents that appeared to document Phi Psi fraternity activities from 2010-2016 including fraternity “meeting minutes.”
Minutes from 2013 refer to Delta Upsilon, saying, “Your parties suck, you have both a rape tunnel AND a rape attic (gotta choose one or the other).”
The documents include other jokes about sexual violence; derogatory comments about women, minorities and the LGBT community; pornography and descriptions of hazing activities.
The members of Delta Upsilon “unanimously” decided to disband after listening to the concerns of the campus community, according to a statement.
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“We hope that our former house will provide a space that is inclusive, safe, and promotes healing,” the group said in a Facebook post.
The release of the documents sparked several days of protests at the private liberal arts school in suburban Philadelphia, including a sit-in at a building owned by the college and leased to the fraternity used mainly for Phi Psi parties and other social activities.
“DU and Phi Psi have disbanded in a testament to the power of survivor-led student organizing and direct action,” the protesters said in a statement Tuesday night. “They made the right decision, even as the College refused to. Our work is not finished yet.”
President Valerie Smith said Wednesday that although there is no evidence any current students participated in the behavior described in the documents, an independent investigator will still conduct a review. She noted that a task force created last year to examine social life on campus, including Greek life, will deliver its recommendations by Friday.
“Still, as a community, we have much healing to do,” Smith said in a statement. “Without question, those materials provide a vivid account of deeply disturbing, unacceptable behaviors and practices. They have brought deep pain to our community, and they are antithetical to all that our community values.”
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Contributing: The Associated Press
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