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Virginia Fraternity Suspended Over 'Freshman Daughter Drop-Off' Sign

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    Frat Suspended Over 'Freshman Daughter Drop Off,' 'Drop Off Mom Too' Signs

    Sigma Nu Fraternity suspends Old Dominion University's chapter over tasteless banners. WAVY's Deanna LeBlanc reports. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015)

    A national fraternity has suspended its activities at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia amid uproar over sexually suggestive signs posted as parents dropped off their recent high school graduates.

    A private home across the street from the university's campus hung banners that read "Freshman daughter drop-off," with an arrow pointing to the front door, "Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time ..." and "Go ahead and drop off Mom too."

    Several members of the fraternity Sigma Nu live in the house.

    The banners generated outrage on social media and condemnation from university officials and student leaders.

    In a statement, Sigma Nu's national organization said any fraternity members found responsible will be held accountable.

    Sigma Nu says it condemns what it calls derogatory and demeaning language that was used on the banners.

    Old Dominion vice president Ellen Neufeldt said the banners violate the school's code of conduct.

    "Messages like the ones displayed yesterday by a few students on the balcony of their private residence are not and will not be tolerated," she said in a statement posted online. "Ours is a community that works actively to promote bystander intervention and takes a stand denouncing violence against women."