Petitioners accuse fraternity of drug use and rape

Acacia Fraternity’s house on State Street in Athens.

The Ohio University chapter of Acacia fraternity is suspended from any further “organizational activity” pending an ongoing university investigation, an OU spokesperson said Friday.

The fraternity is being investigated due to a seven-second video posted to Twitter on the evening of Oct. 28 by an OU student, university spokesperson Katie Quaranta said. The video appears to show men on the front porch of a sorority house on South Court Street singing a sexually explicit song to the tune of “Hey Jude.”

Quaranta said Friday that the university is aware of the video, and “a preliminary investigation has produced information linking the behavior to Acacia, a registered fraternity at Ohio University.”

Quaranta said that the fraternity has been “issued a directive to immediately cease and desist all organizational activity while the investigation is ongoing.”

The video, posted by The Post’s copy chief Olivia Hitchcock (an OU senior) at 7:05 p.m., Oct. 28, appears to shows a group of men singing on the porch of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority house, some holding lighters in the air and others clapping along to the tune of a song.

“‘Send nudes (nude pictures), don’t let me down. Take my soft d**k and make it harder.’ – fraternity brothers singing to sorority,” Hitchcock’s Tweet reads.

The only identifiable quote from the short video Hitchcock posted is the men singing the phrase “send nudes.”

Acacia fraternity is not new to controversy; a pamphlet passed out to some students by activists during new student/freshman orientation this year alleged that residents of a house on North Court Street where some of the Acacia members live is “notorious” for “drugging and raping women.”

At the time, the fraternity’s national organization denied the claims and wrote that it “has placed the issue of campus sexual assault at the forefront of our educational programming, to promote the safety and well-being of all students in the communities in which we exist.”

The university did investigate the local Acacia chapter last year after a petition asking OU to ban the fraternity went public, but the university’s investigation at that time did not result in any charges against members or notices of violation of university policy.

The Change.Org petition was initially posted by community activist group F**kRapeCulture last November. The petition has roughly 1,000 signatures, remains online, and asks the university to ban the fraternity, alleging that fraternity members “drug and rape women” at the uptown “Blue House.”

Martha Compton, director of OU’s office of community standards and student responsibilities, and Inya Baiye, director of equity and civil rights compliance, wrote in a late August email that the previous investigation did not find anything amiss with Acacia.

“They spoke with several students,” the two wrote in August. “The investigation did not lead to the organization being charged with or found in violation of university policy. Due to privacy laws, we are not able to discuss any individual student cases that may have arisen from an investigation.”

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