Bucknell University officials said a group of male college students harassed and intimidated residents of Tower House, which is Fran’s House’s affinity residence and the center of the school’s LGBTQ community life, and attempted to enter the building themselves.
Tower house used to house Tau Kappa Epsilon, a brotherhood who was banned from college two years ago.
Bucknell said in a statement Friday the students violated the residents’ “physical space” and “sense of belonging and security”.
« Moreover, it is equally clear that Bucknell Public Safety’s response to the incident was lacking in multiple ways, ”the university said.
“We are gravely concerned about these potential violations of the student code of conduct. In response, the University has retained the services of an outside company to investigate these actions immediately and submit a full report to the Bucknell administration as soon as possible, ”Bucknell said in its statement. “Based on the findings of this external review, the appropriate consequences for student behavior will be quickly determined and implemented.”
Bucknell also added that he would continue to have conversations with students from the Fran’s House Affinity Group on their future housing needs and designate new permanent housing for them, the statement said.
“We cannot erase the ugliness and subsequent trauma of last night’s transgression against the students of Fran’s House and, by implication, many others, but we can commit to addressing it in ways that protect LGBTQ Bucknellians and better ensure their safety in the future, ”Bucknell said.