BU Suspends Its Largest Frat In Connection To Sexual Assault Allegations

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) —The largest Boston University fraternity, their chapter of Kappa Sigma, was suspended on Wednesday for violating terms of sexual assault investigations. Discussion of the alleged misconduct on social media led to protests, with a crowd of students gathering outside the fraternity house last weekend.

According to BU Today, a university-run publication, the Mu Psi Chapter of Kappa Sigma was suspended from official recognition by the school. The assistant dean of students and director of student activities John Battaglino wrote in a letter to the organization's chapter president, "Until further notice, you may not continue operations as an affiliate of or as a student organization recognized by Boston University."

The letter from Battaglino did not mention any sexual assault allegations specifically, instead, the suspension was a result of the fraternity disobeying explicit direction not to hold a meeting during sexual assault investigations. The fraternity allegedly hosted a social gathering and a chapter meeting anyway. Kenneth Elmore, the associate provost and dean of students, said to BU Today, "I told them that before they did any more programming they would need to get my approval- they did not do that, so we moved to suspend them."

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Student Groups from BU that demanded action from the school included the College of Arts & Science Student Government, the BU Chapter of It's On Us, the BU Mental Health Committee, and 16K Strong.

In 2015, BU withdrew recognition of Kappa Sigma after the fraternity allegedly promoted a party with sexually suggestive, misogynist photos and videos.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.

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