The Zeta Beta Tau group at NY state's Cornell University was found to have conducted a contest where new members won points by sleeping with people.
According to the Cornell Daily Sun, a report conducted by Cornell's fraternity and sorority review board revealed that Zeta Beta Tau's demeaning and fat-shaming contest happened sometime in 2017, but did not disclose participating members nor the length of the competition. According to a statement by the university, "new members were told not to inform the women of the contest". According to the officials, if members drew a tie in the contest, the victor would be the member who had sex with the woman who weighed the most.
Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi called the behavior "abhorrent" and said it was "antithetical to our values as a community". Meanwhile, the brothers of Kappa chapter released a formal statement explaining that the events were not "chapter sanctioned activities nor ones that brothers were aware of" on February 3.
Members of the chapter will be on probation for two years, during which they will be subject to reviews, must undertake training programs on sexual violence, participate in events during the university's Sexual Assault Awareness Week and hire a live-in adviser.
The university placed the fraternity on probationary recognition for two years. ZBT National could not be reached for an immediate comment.
On Saturday, the chapter responded to the reports of misconduct in a Facebook post.
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"Your feelings are legitimate and appropriate reactions to something of this nature".
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Noting, "We, too, are in disbelief and even more so that these alleged actions may have been taken by those whom we called brothers".
"The Kappa Chapter of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity is horrified at the notion of the degradation and/or objectification of women, and the impact it has had on men and women across the United States, and at Cornell", it wrote.
"Through this brotherhood review process if we identify individual brothers we find not committed to [social responsibility and integrity] they will be expelled from the brotherhood", the statement said.
Why do we have a hard time believing this??