December 15th, 2011
03:43 AM ET

Vermont fraternity suspended over rape survey

(CNN) The University of Vermont's Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity is under investigation after a survey surfaced online asking fraternity brothers who they would rape. 

The national Sigma Phi Epsilon organization said in a statement that "the fraternity has instructed the chapter to cease all operations, pending further investigation."  Adding that "any behavior that demeans women is not tolerated by the fraternity."

Leadership from the fraternity's national office was in Burlington Wednesday working with UVM administrators to look into the survey, which was discovered earlier this week, CNN affiliate WCAX reported.

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  1. beachrat

    Well, hese morons are the leaders of tommorrow after all. Yikes!

    December 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaderless

      Because so many leaders have come out of UVM frats?

      December 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rooney

    That is ridiculous. They deserve whatever punishment is coming to them. Also, it's a crime of anger not attraction!

    December 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    Men have talked this way privately for centuries. Won't the fools learn, the internet is PUBLIC.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. heather

    if men have talked that way "privately" for centuries, maybe its only fitting and timely that this ignorance b "leaked" online. .its not the being PUBLIC that makes it wrong.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. So

    Nobody got rapped. What's the big deal.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JS

    As a SigEp, it is a big deal. This is the type of stereotype and behavior that we have been trying to get rid of in our organization for years. Its not acceptable.

    December 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George hilbert

    @beachrat Yes. These would make good candidates for president, congressman, and senator.

    December 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Dumb game.
    We had one called "who'd you rather," and it was always a choice between two non-candidates.

    December 15, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Trinka

    @Joey Isotta-Fraschini: we still play a similar game, with different scenarios also added for interest. We also don't put them online for fear of somebody actually taking us seriously.

    December 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    So no actual crime was committed but there is going to be punishment for expressing Freedom of Speech? Anyone in favor of this verdict is a Nazi, plain and simple. And don't act like it's just a male thing. I've been on dates with women who play games like "who'd you rather?" and one of the questions I was asked was "who would you rather murder?" pointing at a crowd of complete strangers. Girls are like that too, but obviously no harm was done.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
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