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UVM fraternity suspended over survey

December 13, 2011
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BURLINGTON, Vt.—A University of Vermont fraternity was suspended Tuesday in connection with a survey that makes light of rape, UVM officials said.

UVM, which called the survey incredibly offensive and inappropriate, is investigating where the survey came from, who saw it and how it was used, officials said.

Sigma Phi Epsilon has been suspended temporarily during the investigation.

Annie Stevens, UVM's associate vice president for student and campus life called the survey "incredibly offensive and inappropriate," saying it asks participants if they could rape someone, who would it be.

A student reported the survey to UVM officials, who notified police.

Members of the Burlington fraternity would not comment on the allegations, said Justin Adelman, vice president of recruitment. The national chapter of the fraternity located in Virginia has been notified of the allegations, UVM said. It could not be reached for comment after business hours.

A Burlington feminist organization FED UP Vermont and other groups on the UVM campus posted an online petition seeking to shut down the fraternity and planned a press conference to speak out against "rape culture and sexism" on Thursday at noon on the steps of the UVM library.

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