Posted on April 13, 2016

Greek Week Events Cancelled After Members Painted Pro-Trump Messages on Free Speech Wall

Anthony Gockowski, Campus Reform, April 12, 2016

National Greek leaders cancelled several events scheduled for an upcoming Greek Week at Ohio University after discovering students involved in Greek life graffitied pro-Trump messages on a free speech wall, including his popular promise to “build a wall.”


A letter addressed to the “OU Sorority and Fraternity Life community and supporters,” and signed by several national Greek organizations, condemned the message as “offensive and hurtful.”

“The phrase is offensive and hurtful to many individuals as it is directly tied to the Hispanic/Latino/a community, makes them feel marginalized, and the message was interpreted that they do not belong at Ohio University,” the letter stated.

The names of the students involved in the incident, though, were excluded from the letter as it “is not at the center of this controversy.” The students will not face any disciplinary actions, the letters states, because their actions were within the bounds of free speech.

However, the Greek leaders announced in the letter that several upcoming events would be cancelled and that no alcohol would be allowed during Greek Week. {snip}