A fraternity at Penn State University will be shut for three years following allegations that members posted photos of nude, unconscious women on a private Facebook page, school officials said Tuesday.
President Eric Barron said recognition of the chapter of Kappa Delta Rho would be withdrawn despite a student group’s recommendations for less severe punishment, Philly.com reports. The university’s investigation found some members regularly posted embarrassing photos of women online and used demeaning language to describe females.
“The investigative report makes clear that some members of the KDR chapter promoted a culture of harassing behavior and degradation of women,” said Damon Sims, the university’s vice president of student affairs. “We must respond accordingly, and we hope by doing so it is clearly understood that our university will not tolerate such actions.”
Police had begun investigating in January after a former member reported the private Facebook page to authorities. After the accusations became public in March, Penn State announced it would review its Greek system, while the national office of Kappa Delta Rho suspended the chapter for a year. Hundreds of students and supporters launched protests against the fraternity, urging the administration to take more substantive action at sexual assault on campus.