Greek Rank Statement

TW: Sexual Assault

To the members of the WashU Greek life community:

On Tuesday, we were made aware of a post on GreekRank entitled “It Could Be Any Frat”. In the post, a survivor of sexual assault spoke to their experience with TKE. While they stated they were against the abolition of Greek Life at WashU, they wanted the IFC community to recognize the pervasiveness of sexual assault on WashU’s campus: it can be your fraternity, it can be the good fraternities, it can be TKE. 

Firstly, we would like to offer a sincere apology to this survivor. No one should have to endure sexual assault. We must take accountability for the actions of our actives and work diligently to ensure that every step is taken to prevent sexual assault in the future. This is why we host numerous sexual assault prevention trainings and facilitations. It’s why our new member education process emphasizes consent and deconstructing toxic masculinity. As a part of our reformation efforts last fall, we have also added weekly facilitations on topics such as IPV Prevention, LGBTQ+ inclusion, and anti-racism to our new member education process. We have also significantly bolstered our IPV-prevention bylaws, including the automatic suspension of any brother with a Title IX investigation or similar non-formal allegation. 

On Wednesday, the original post was deleted. In doing research into GreekRank’s reporting system, we became aware that anonymous users can pay for a “priority removal” to have certain posts reviewed within 24 hours. However, doing more research into the function, we were able to discern that this was not the case. From GreekRank: “Priority Removal is not available for thread topics.” The message, posted on the WashU discussion thread, was not eligible for priority removal. 

We can state with confidence that no one in TKE could have paid to have the survivor’s message taken down. 

The chapter was overwhelmingly appalled by the thought that someone may have reported it to have it removed. Still, we have reached out to GreekRank to see if there were other possibilities of it being removed this quickly. GreekRank states that removals from reports take 7-10 days. TKE Leadership had nothing to do with the removal of the post, but we are actively looking into whether anyone in our chapter reported the comment regularly and will hold them accountable if we find that to be the case. 

If you would like to find out more about our reformation efforts, please see our “Statement on Internal Reformation Initiatives” on our Instagram, @tkewashu. 

The Xi Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Washington University was installed as a chapter on September 17, 1920.

Since 1899, Tau Kappa Epsilon has never had an exclusionary clause for membership. TKE does not judge men on their wealth, rank or honor, but instead on their personal worth and character.

Our mission is to "to aid men in their mental, moral, and social development for life." In essence, we build Better Men for a Better World.