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Kent State fraternity takes stand against sexual assault, city says sign violates ordinance

Posted at 10:41 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 14:13:19-04

They say a good deed never goes unpunished, but that isn't the case here.

A Kent State fraternity took a stand against sexual assault - hanging a giant banner on their house.

The city said the banner violates an ordinance due to its size.

If you take a drive down East Main Street, you can't miss Delta Tau Delta's sign.

President of Delta Tau Delta's Kent State chapter, Kyle Austin, said his fraternity hangs signs all the time.

"With a matter such as sexual assault that is so serious, we feel that we don't have to take it down," Austin said.

This week is sexual assault awareness week on campus.

"I do not know why they want to enforce it and now during a campus sponsored events where they are having a banner making contest," Austin said.

According to the city, the fraternity is breaking an ordinance. If the sign is bigger than 40 feet, a temporary permit is required.

"We are working on getting a 39 foot sign that is a lot more professional and that says the exact same message so that we can speak our minds without breaking city code," Austin said. "Many people offered to pay our fine and that really touched me."

Delta Tau Delta has until Friday to remove the sign before they get fined.

While it's just a sign, they said it's the principal.

"We have a responsibility to spread awareness through this banner and through our actions, that we owe it to ourselves and the community as a whole to be that standard of excellence," Austin said.

Delta Tae Delta said they will have their new permanent sign up within the week.