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Students Protest at Old Main in Support of KDR Victims

by and on March 20, 2015 2:51 PM

Students gathered on the steps of Old Main Friday in support of the women victimized by Kappa Delta Rho’s private Facebook group, which led to a full-chapter suspension of the fraternity. Protest organizers also called upon President Barron and university administrators to "sever all ties" with KDR immediately, and expel students found guilty of misconduct following the criminal investigation.

The rally, which had roughly 100 students in attendance, was organized following what some students considered a "pathetic, non-committal, and delayed" response regarding KDR, according the the rally's Facebook page.

"We march today to be clear that you, our leaders, must take a stronger stance to protect and defend the Penn State community from those who would disrespect and destroy it," says Josephine Rose, the rally's organizer.

The rally called for four points of action from President Barron and university administrators. First, that the Office of Student Conduct put all current KDR members on interim suspension until the completion of the criminal investigation. Second, that all students found "actively or passively" participating in exploiting and endangering the victims are expelled. Third, that Penn State dissociate with the local chapter of KDR immediately. And finally, that university leadership carry out its plan to reevaluate the fraternity system at Penn State.

Participants carried signs and urged for swift action. One sign asked people to stand up for justice:

Photo by Onward State Staff

The rally also featured speakers from Centre County Women's Resource Center, the Progressive Student Coalition, Penn State's Graduate Women's Studies Program, Window of Opportunity, and Penn State's Counseling and Psychological Services.

Attendees were encouraged to sign a petition that was presented to Damon Sims, Vice President for Student Affairs, during a meeting with rally organizers at 2 p.m. today.


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Sarah Caskie writes for Onward State.
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