Wichita State University: Title IX Investigation into Fraternity House Banner Offering ‘Free House Tours’

Category: Cases, Free Speech
Schools: Wichita State University

On September 8, 2017, members of Wichita State University (WSU) fraternity Phi Delta Theta hung a banner reading “New Members Free House Tours!” outside their window during sorority recruitment on WSU’s campus. The banner was up for only five minutes before it was removed. Nevertheless, that same day, assistant vice president for student advocacy, intervention and accountability Mandy Hambleton announced that the banner may have violated multiple WSU policies, including the university’s Title IX policy, and was under investigation after student complaints. On September 12, FIRE wrote to WSU president John Bardo demanding that the university drop its frivolous investigation and reaffirm its commitments to student rights and the First Amendment.

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  • VICTORY: Wichita State drops bogus Title IX investigation of fraternity for hanging a banner

    September 14, 2017

    The banner faced a neighboring sorority recruitment event and read “New Members Free House Tours!” Administrator: “I think we’re all a little more sensitive because of the statements Betsy DeVos made” about Title IX enforcement the previous week FIRE wrote to the university to demand it drop the investigation WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 14, 2017 — Administrators at Wichita State University have reversed course after launching a Title IX investigation into a fraternity for hanging a banner outside their fraternity house that read “New Members Free House Tours!” An administrator initially justified the investigation, saying, “I think we’re all a little more […]

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  • Wichita State University must end investigation of ‘free house tours’ banner

    September 12, 2017

    What does it take to launch a Title IX investigation at Wichita State University? One arguably suggestive banner hung outside a window for five minutes, apparently. Today, FIRE wrote a letter to Wichita State calling upon the university to abandon a promised, and meritless, Title IX investigation into a fraternity house banner offering “house tours” to fellow students. It’s a well-known, but not always well-loved, tradition every fall: suggestive banners tend to appear outside fraternity and apartment housing during back-to-school season, and they often elicit controversy. On September 8, members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Wichita State hung […]

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