COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The banners hung on an off-campus students’ home near The Ohio State University was not the only house welcoming students for move-in day with sexually loaded messages.
Several homes on Lane Avenue had sexually-suggestive banners hung on the front of their homes.
NBC4 spoke with a neighbor Lauren Squires, who also happens to be an English professor at OSU. She said she talked with the students in the home and snapped some of these pictures. She said she is speaking as a resident of the neighborhood and university community, but not as a representative of OSU. She said after speaking with the student residents she turned over the pictures to OSU’s Title 9 compliance office.
David Isaacs, Spokesman for OSU’s Student Life said the university is continuing to look into the situation. “This is a teachable moment,” Isaacs said. We will talk to the students involved and make them understand words have consequences,” he said.
He would not comment further on whether there could be any discipline, because that would fall under the student code of conduct and the compliance office.
The banners on the house at Lane and Indianola avenues said “Dads we will take it from here,” and “Daughter daycare 2.0” meaning this is the second year the banners have been displayed on this home.
Banners on other homes on Lane Avenue said, “Moms drink free” and other other sexually implied sayings.
The students at the Indianola home told NBC4 on Sunday the banner were just a joke and they did not mean to offend anyone.
Squires said, “My concern is to create a culture and a climate around the university that feels safe and respectful for everyone. Obviously women are the targets of these signs and so if we are talking about a safe environment. Women are the ones who are likely to feel unsafe in the first place.”
OSU is just one of several universities dealing with move-in banners aimed at young freshman women.
Sigma Nu’s national organization said it suspended the fraternity’s activities at Old Dominion University in Norfolk pending completion of its investigation.
Monday’s suspension came after three large banners were draped Saturday from the balcony of a private home near the campus. The banners included one stating “Freshman Daughter Drop Off” with an arrow pointing toward the house’s door. The banners stirred outrage on social media and condemnation from university officials and student leaders.