Ga. Tech fraternity disbanded after 'rape bait' email

ATLANTA – A Georgia Tech fraternity that became infamous for a vulgar and controversial e-mail has been suspended for three years.

11Alive first reported on the so-called "rape bait" e-mail last October. That sparked a Georgia Tech investigation that found 14 pages of e-mails and minutes that are even more vulgar. Some of the e-mails were sent after the chapter was put on probation.

An e-mail from Georgia Tech's Office of Student Integrity informed Phi Kappa Tau that it is disbanded. They found the chapter responsible for numerous violations, including a "pattern of sexual violence" that suggests a "deep-rooted culture within the fraternity that is obscene, indecent, and endangers women".

According to the March 28 email, the fraternity had six code of conduct violations, including underage drinking, disorderly conduct and sexually-related offenses.

The original e-mail -- that "rapebait" e-mail -- came from the fraternity's social chair. It gave a seven-step guide to hooking up, with advice like "If anything ever fails, go get more alcohol" and "send them out of your room when you are finished."

The suspension will be in effect until July 2017.

The school plans to take some widespread action, starting with more education for student on how to report this conduct.

As for individual punishments for students involved, we're told it's a possibility and it's currently under review. The chapter will have to move out by the end of semester.​

The interim CEO of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, Wm. Tim Hudson issued a statement saying, "I am highly disappointed Alpha Rho chapter failed to live up to the ideals of our Fraternity. It is never easy to close a chapter, but under these circumstances it is clear that problems within Alpha Rho chapter require a break in operations."

The national fraternity says it plans to work with Georgia Tech during what it calls a period of transition.


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