LINCOLN, Neb. — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is investigating allegations that members of a fraternity made vulgar comments during the Women’s March on Lincoln.
An internal investigation by the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity chapter at the university turned up no wrongdoing, adviser Joe Skradski said. He said the allegations are false and have created an “onslaught of criticism” that harms the fraternity’s reputation, he said.
The university is conducting a Title IX investigation, which is required when there are accusations of sexual assault or harassment.
Nicole Church of Lincoln said she heard “no means yes” chanted at marchers on Jan. 21, as well as derogatory statements related to a 2005 phrase from President Donald Trump about “grabbing” women’s genitals. “And of course they’re going to deny this,” Church said.
While members denied saying anything that Church alleged, they acknowledged chanting “build the wall” and “Trump” while hanging banners supporting the president.
The university is looking at individual students, not the fraternity as a whole.
Fraternity chapter services director Eric Lied, in Kentucky, said the internal investigation the University of Nebraska-Lincoln chapter conducted was “not an official capital-F fraternity investigation.”
“We’ve found it usually works best to have the university do more of the investigation piece,” he said.
A rally called “Smash Patriarchy at Phi Gamma Delta UNL” is scheduled for Saturday, and Skradski said members are scared of the outcome.
“Some of these people are after White males,” he said. “Should 18-, 19-, 20-year-old college kids be worrying about the safety of walking into their house, walking to class?”
A Facebook post for the event was made by Hispanic organization La Alianza.
“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be nonviolent,” La Alianza co-founder Dale Gutierrez said. “They have nothing to be afraid of except their own conscience.”