Yale Suspends Bushes' Frat for Sexist Chants

This is the first time in more than 100 years that it will be inactive.

A prestigious Yale frat that counts both Bush presidents among its alumni is being banned from recruiting and activities on the Ivy League campus for five years after pledges were ordered to chant obscenities against women.

The fraternity came under fire in October after pledges marched through campus and chanted phrases, including "No means yes," and about sex acts such as necrophilia.

It was captured on amateur video, posted on YouTube and quickly prompted outcry from campus groups, such as the women's center.

The story quickly became national news and Yale developed a policy to deal with new member initiations that extend beyond Greek organizations and include athletic organizations and even to musical groups on campus.

DKE chapter leaders apologized amid the controversy, but the national fraternity office ordered them to stop all pledge activities.

Yale has also disciplined several Delta Kappa Epsilon members and asked the fraternity's national office to suspend the chapter for five years.

Yale officials said the discipline was necessary to ensure "an educational environment free from harassment and intimidation."

A national leader for the fraternity did not immediately return a message the Associated Press left on Tuesday.

DKE, founded at Yale in 1855, DKE, is popular among Yale athletes and has been considered one of Yale's most prestigious fraternities -- both because its roots are there, and because it's the only fraternity chapter at Yale that had never gone inactive.

In the 1960s, the fraternity had a reputation of being “notoriously rambunctious,” the New York Times reported, and former President George W. Bush was arrested after taking a wreath from a hotel.

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