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Protesters Want American University To Take Action Against Banned Frat

Leaked emails from a banned fraternity have provoked outrage on American University's campus.
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Leaked emails from a banned fraternity have provoked outrage on American University's campus.

Protesters want American University to take strong action against the Epsilon Iota fraternity and any students who belong to the group that was banned by the school in 2001 and now operates underground.

Two events have sparked outrage on campus over the banned fraternity. In one, three students, including two members of the fraternity, were arrested by D.C. police on felony assault charges for allegedly beating another student in a parking lot earlier this month.

In another, someone released 70 emails allegedly written by Epsilon Iota brothers. The messages contains sexist and sexually offensive remarks, including references to rape and date-rape drugs.

"My one friend was roofied," says Allison Kramer Mills, one of the protest organizers, referring to a date-rape drug.

"She was in the hospital for a weekend. She doesn't remember what really happened, but her arms were completely covered in bruises. It looked like she had been beaten up pretty badly. She went to an EI party; we don't know if EI brothers did it or somebody else did it but [it was] an EI party where it happened."

American University's website warns students not to join the banned fraternity or attend its events. University officials have promised to fully apply its student conduct code to any wrongdoers, but say they must respect regulations regarding student privacy as well as due process.

"An intense investigation is underway and will determine instances where evidence will support adjudication on campus or in coordination with law enforcement agencies. We are determined to respect the time it takes to complete the process and avoid jeopardizing our ability to hold individuals accountable," said Gail Short Hanson, university vice president for campus life in a statement.

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