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University of Vermont fraternity accused of asking members who they would like to rape
BURLINGTON, Vermont (AP) ' A University of Vermont fraternity has been suspended while officials investigate allegations that it circulated a survey that asked members who they would like to rape.
Members of the Vermont chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon would not discuss the allegations.
University officials say the survey question was "incredibly offensive and inappropriate." They are investigating where the survey came from, who saw it and how it was used.
The national Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity says it has instructed the chapter to cease all operations, pending further investigation. It says that any behavior that demeans women is not tolerated.
School officials say a student reported the survey to the university over the weekend. The school says it contacted the national fraternity and campus police to determine if any crimes have been committed.