But the story quickly went viral Monday when several online sites published the undergraduate’s email, which offered tips for approaching female students, starting conversation and dancing.
“If you are talking to a brother of your pledge brothers when there are girls just standing around, YOU ARE OUTTA HERE!!!” the email states.
The email’s explicit, step-by-step directions for engaging in sexual activity with the help of alcohol are under scrutiny, the university said in a statement released to The AJC.
“Georgia Tech is aware of this incident, and its Office of Student Integrity is currently engaged in an investigation to determine the facts,” the university said. “Phi Kappa Tau’s national office, as well as Tech’s student-led Interfraternity Council, are also reviewing the matter to determine whether to take any independent action. The Institute does not condone this type of behavior and continues to provide resources and education designed to create a supportive campus environment for all students, even those who exercise extremely poor judgment.”
Peterson confirmed Tuesday that the email should not have been sent and that steps are in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
But since the email was sent, and published online, it was a cause of embarrassment for alumni and students, including Matthew Nelson, a freshman from New York.
“What is important is that those lapses in judgement are not reflected by the overall student body,” Nelson said. “The poor decisions by the few will be overcome by the strong, positive actions of the rest of us.”
It was not known Tuesday if the local chapter could face any disciplinary action. The Tech chapter was chartered in 1929.
— Staff writer Kristina Torres contributed to this report.