University of Richmond fraternity under fire over 'grossly offensive' email

The University of Richmond has suspended one of its fraternities after two members sent an email to about 100 students that "contained grossly offensive language," the school said Monday.

While the university did not release the content of the email written by two members of the Kappa Alpha fraternity chapter, the school newspaper did.

"Today is the day boys," the email begins, according to The Collegian, which published the message on its website.

"Lodge season has finally arrived. We just wanted to send out a reminder that our theme for the night is amerIKA," read the email, which was sent out at 12:55 p.m. on Friday. "Roll through in your best red, white and blue (or be naked for all I care, just make sure your ass makes it out tonight).

"This is gonna be one for the books," it continues. "Both [redacted] and I have the night off so we're looking forward to watching that lodge virginity be gobbled up for ya'll. See you boys tonight."

The email concludes with another disturbing message: "Tonight’s the type of night that makes fathers afraid to send their daughters away to school."

In a statement sent to, the university said the email "contained grossly offensive language" and "suggestions of behavior inconsistent with our policies concerning Greek life and with the caring nature of our campus community."

As a result, the school said it has suspended all chapter operations, activities and events while it conducts a thorough investigation.

"We have also contacted the national Kappa Alpha Headquarters, which promptly suspended the chapter while it conducts its own membership review and investigation," the statement said.

The email and news of the fraternity's suspension come days after two female students claimed they were raped on campus -- and that university officials did nothing to help them.

In a series of essays published by the Huffington Post, one student, identified as Cecilia Carreras, said the school protected her alleged attacker after she reported being raped in the summer of 2015 by a student athlete.

"We have a problem at Richmond," she wrote last week. "A problem that is made worse by an administration that justifies reported rapes and judges the survivor's credibility on a harsher scale than the accused's."

Carreras went on to claim that a male dean at the school told her he "thought it was reasonable for (her attacker) to penetrate you for a few more minutes if he was going to finish."

The school, meanwhile, claimed Carreras' depiction of events was not truthful, saying that "assertions of fact are inaccurate and do not reflect the manner in which reports of sexual misconduct have been investigated and adjudicated at the university."