Three Sigma Chis From JMU Recorded Sexual Assault In PCB, Punishment From School Is Pathetic

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This will be a tough one to stomach if you’re a JMU Duke, or if you’re simply a sane person who believes in justified punishment.

Sarah Butters, a student at James Madison University, visited Panama City Beach with friends in 2013 for spring break. It was a typical college beach trip up until the night of March 3, when Butters, along with a group of friends, went back to a condo for some late night drinking. Butters blacked out at some point in the night and wasn’t able to recall how the remainder of the evening turned out the following morning.

She heard rumors that she was the subject of some inappropriate behavior, but she didn’t want to believe them. She cited her friendship with the alleged perpetrators as the reason. It wasn’t until she returned to campus in Harrisonburg that the rumors turned to reality, and that reality was horrifying.

Images and a video of the incident had surfaced, showing a topless Butters on a bathroom floor, surrounded by three JMU Sigma Chi brothers–identified as Mike Lunney, Jay Dertzbaugh, and Nick Scallion–who were laughing and groping her lifeless body.

After discussing the incident–a clear sexual assault case–with her father, a cop, she decided not to notify the PCB police. Instead, they turned over the video to school officials, who handled the situation absolutely pathetically. The punishment? The three JMU students were handed expulsions AFTER graduation. After. Graduation. They essentially told them to finish school, then, just, you know, don’t come back. Embarrassing.

From WHSV:

An e-mail from JMU’s Office of Judicial Affairs titled “Final Decision in your Case” reads that all three students, Mike Lunney, Jay Dertzbaugh and Nick Scallion were responsible for sexual assault and harassment. It went on to say that the three would be expelled upon graduation, meaning they may not be on JMU’s campus for any reason after graduation. They would also not be allowed to walk at graduation.

Oh, but it’s cool because they also aren’t allowed to “walk” at graduation, which I’m sure was devastating news for these guys to hear they weren’t allowed to sit through a thrilling, three-hour ceremony and speech before receiving a piece of paper.

I know where I went to school, and I think it’s pretty standard across the board, that we were told we’d be immediately expelled for cheating on an exam. CHEATING ON AN EXAM–something that, hell, we all did.

Lace ’em up, JMU.

UPDATE: We have learned that the three guys are no longer members of Sigma Chi after getting kicked out.

[via WHSV]

  1. FraststarRockstar

    Couldn’t get laid so they played with a passed out girl? These are the kind of idiots that give the rest of us a bad reputation. I hope at least their Nationals will do something..

    10 years ago at 4:03 pm
  2. PlasticHandle

    So its the Sigma Chis fault that she blacked out and she acted like a slut?

    10 years ago at 4:05 pm
    1. Shotgun

      I believe the rapey part was their fault. If i was a girl i’d like to blackout with my “friends” without worrying about being sexually assaulted. Unless thats your thing.

      10 years ago at 4:11 pm
      1. LetsGetIntOXicated

        I was on my phone and accidentally lap’d you, my apologies..I’m fully with you on this shitstain being all that’s wrong with the world

        10 years ago at 5:45 pm
    2. TKEfromGammaZeta

      Apparently you’ve never had a female friend, mother, sister, grandmother, or any one you care about be a woman because if you had you would never say this. Everyone goes out on Spring Break and gets trashed with friends and has a good time. Especially if they are traveling elsewhere in the country. Therefore saying she acted like a slut for getting blackout is fucking ridiculous. If it was up to me people like you and those three guys would be treated the way the ancient Greeks treated scum bags like you. Take you out to a public forum and crush your scrotum so you couldn’t reproduce and continue to taint the gene pool and drag down on the rest of society. In short take a lap and go fuck yourself because no woman deserves to be with a guy like you

      10 years ago at 7:53 pm
    3. ChiTownBro

      There’s no hope for people like you. Honestly go find the nearest bridge and jump.

      10 years ago at 8:11 pm
    4. madhatle

      Don’t give yourself the dignity of chugging bleach. Sit in a dark corner with a constant water drip on your forehead for 30 years

      10 years ago at 10:38 pm
    5. Fratty Couples PGA

      i’m gonna give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that sounded differently in your head, ya jackass

      10 years ago at 12:26 am
      1. Schwabsyy

        People are allowed to be upset when someone is raped, even if they’re being trolled. Identity the troll and them trying to shame people for feeding them doesn’t put you at a higher caliber. Sorry.

        10 years ago at 11:55 am
  3. Macallan_25

    What? Sexual assault at JMU, a school with very high rates of STDs and douchebags? Shocking

    10 years ago at 4:05 pm
  4. BROmcy

    These schools are a joke and if they don’t start punishing the assholes its going to indirectly ruin the status of the good fraternities (or at least non-rapey ones.) On a side note these 3 need the Louisville treatment.

    10 years ago at 4:07 pm
  5. didorox2011x3

    Sad day to be a Sig. These guys are a disgrace and shouldn’t have the privilege to be called a brother of Sigma Chi

    10 years ago at 4:10 pm
    1. BoozinCruizin

      Although it isn’t comparable to the situation, at least they’ve been wiped from your fraternity and our community. Terrible how JMU decided not to remove these guys entirely from their own. Side note, glad to hear reporters announce the acts as being committed by college rather than specifically Greek; and not to save our name, but to bring this to light as a college problem in general that needs to stop. Fuck affiliations, no one should be doing this and you deserve nothing but the worst.

      10 years ago at 12:08 am
  6. Letsgetfratty

    I was half expecting the video to be raw footage of the incident from PCB…

    10 years ago at 4:10 pm
  7. StudlyAtEverything

    Why in the fuck wouldn’t you report this to the police? Serious question.

    10 years ago at 4:14 pm
    1. Officer Farva

      I’ll take it from here boys… Good thing police brutality is just a myth, or I might get in trouble with the law myself for what I’m going to do to these chicken fuckers.

      10 years ago at 4:56 pm
    2. Schwabsyy

      Victims of rape should go to the police but it’s not always that simple. PTSD plays a big factor in why a lot of rapes go unreported. Don’t put blame on rape victims, be part of the solution.

      10 years ago at 11:49 am