Swarthmore College students are holding a sit-in protest demanding the closing of 2 fraternities.
Swarthmore College Fraternity Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Derogatory Comments
Students at Swarthmore College continued their sit-in at a campus fraternity house on Tuesday. The protests began on Saturday following the leak of 116 pages of documents from the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. These documents include descriptions of sexual encounters, references to a “rape tunnel” and “rape attic”, and conversations about minority groups, the LGBTQ community, women, and sexual assault.
On Monday, Swarthmore President Valerie Smith released a statement, writing that “What is contained within those pages is vulgar and deeply offensive to all of us. The racism, misogyny, and homophobia described within is antithetical to the values of the College and violates the student code of conduct as well as basic decency.”
In early April, a Tumblr blog called “Why Swarthmore’s Fraternities Must Go” was started. As of Tuesday, that page has over 100 anonymous submissions from people who say they were assaulted at fraternity events or by frat members of both Phi Kappa Psi and Delta Upsilon between 2015 and 2019. The documents were released shortly after this blog was first published.
The released documents are from between 2010 and 2016. On April 17, the fraternity released a statement condemning the language used in the documents. Phi Kappa Psi is an independent fraternity and not affiliated with the nationwide organization of the same name.
The sit-in began with 50 students on Saturday and soon grew to over 100. Shortly after it began, Smith announced the suspension of all frat activities and that administrators were working with an external investigator to analyze unredacted copies of the documents.
Late Monday night, roughly 30 students remained inside the frat house. Students are demanding that both frat houses be shut down and that the college end its housing leases with the fraternities.