Georgia Tech disbands fraternity responsible for “rapebait” email

Credit: BEN GRAY / AJC

Credit: BEN GRAY / AJC

Georgia Tech has disbanded the fraternity associated with circulating an email last year calling women “rapebait,” due to several violations of the student code of conduct.

The Alpha Rho chapter of Phi Kappa Tau will be suspended for three years, according to a statement released to the media this week.

“It is unfortunate that this disciplinary action was needed, but Georgia Tech holds all of its student organizations accountable to the standard set by the Student Code of Conduct,” Tech officials said in the statement.

The disbanding, first reported by Georgia Tech’s student newspaper, the Technique, comes after an investigation found the fraternity responsible for six conduct violations, including failure to comply with sanctions issued last fall.

Phi Kappa Tau came under fire last fall when a member sent an email to other fraternity members offering advice on "luring rapebait" at parties. At that time, the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity then placed itself on probation and suspended the member accused of sending an email with instructions for "hooking up" with females.

After that incident Georgia Tech placed the fraternity on probation in November, and ordered it to make leadership and other policy changes.

Under the three-year ban, the Phi Kappa Tau must vacate its house by the end of the semester. The suspension remains in effect until July 31, 2017.