Several students have been charged with violating Princeton University policies regarding sexual discrimination and sexual misconduct related to a photo and emails sent in October via the listserv for the Tiger Inn, a private eating club for Princeton University students.
In October, a club officer sent an email to the 180 undergraduate club members that showed an intoxicated first-year student performing oral sex on a senior on the dance floor. The email was sent to all the undergraduate club members via the club listserv, and included the text “Ivy blows… and so does this Asian chick.”
A second officer sent an email to club members about an Oct. 13 talk on campus by Sally Frank, the Princeton alumna who sued the eating clubs and Princeton University to force the clubs to admit women. The email suggested that club members attend the talk and boo Frank.
Several female students found the emails offensive and the emails were reported to the Princeton University administration and the Tiger Inn’s graduate board.
“As soon as the University learned about the incident, the University began conducting a thorough and careful review in accordance with the sex discrimination and sexual misconduct policy that we revised earlier this fall,” Princeton University Spokesman Martin Mbugua said.
As a result of the review, there was enough information to charge several students with violating university policies, Mbugua said. The school did not release the exact number of students being charged.
“This review and the university disciplinary process are separate and distinct from any criminal investigation,” Mbugua said. “Once a student is charged, the student has a full and fair opportunity to respond. If the student is found not responsible, no penalties would be issued . The University is committed to conducting the disc process in a prompt, full and fair manner.”
The eating clubs are private and are located off-campus, but the members are all students. The club is under the jurisdiction of the Princeton Police. Last week, the Princeton Police Department dropped its investigation into whether the photo incident was an invasion of privacy. No victim filed a complaint, and the photo of the sex act did not show the intimate body part.
The private eating club is under the jurisdiction of the Princeton Police, but the emails were sent using a school email address.
According to the 2014 edition of Princeton University’s Rights, Rules, Responsibilities Handbook for students, “”All actions by a member of the Princeton University community that involve the use of the University’s computing and network resources from a remote location, including but not limited to accessing e-mail accounts, will be deemed to have occurred on campus.”
In the handbook, sexual exploitation is defined as “any act whereby one person violates the sexual privacy of another or takes unjust or abusive sexual advantage of another who has not provided consent, and that does not constitute non-consensual sexual penetration or non-consensual sexual contact. Examples may include: recording, photographing, transmitting, viewing or distributing intimate or sexual images or sexual information without the knowledge and consent of all parties involved; voyeurism (i.e., spying on others who are in intimate or sexual situations).”
The club’s rules prohibit sex acts in public places at the club.
Two officers were forced to resign by the Tiger Inn board of governors because of the emails.
Students have complained that sexist emails continued to be sent even after they complained.
More than 100 Tiger alumni signed a letter last week condemning the recent behavior by club members.