ASU Frat's Recognition "Permanently Revoked" by University for "MLK Black Party"
Arizona State University administrators have permanently revoked the recognition of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) as a fraternity, due to its "MLK Black Party" earlier this week.
"This action has been taken after TKE was placed on probation in 2012," a statement from the University says. "TKE was suspended January 20, 2014 for hosting an unregistered, off-campus event January 19, 2014 that encouraged a racially-insensitive theme and created an environment conducive to underage consumption of alcohol."
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Photos on a social media website showed three of the students involved in the party dressed in basketball jerseys and bandanas, throwing up gang signs, and drinking out of a hollowed-out watermelon. The photos outraged local black leaders, and several black ASU students.
Many were calling for the fraternity to be expelled, and for individual students to be disciplined, while some people maintained that the students shouldn't be disciplined on First Amendment grounds.
"ASU is continuing to investigate the actions of individual fraternity members and other students who may have attended the party under the ASU Student Code of Conduct," the ASU statement continues. "Upon conclusion of that investigation, ASU will take additional action as may be appropriate under ASU and Arizona Board of Regents policies."
Although the party wasn't sanctioned by ASU, nor was it held on campus, it's ASU's position that University rules still apply, as a University spokeswoman laid out the specific violations:
TKE Violations:"ASU has one of the most diverse student bodies of any major university in the country, and it is unfortunate that a few individuals held an offensive party at a time when ASU, the state and the nation were celebrating Dr. King's achievements and legacy," the University's statement says.
• 5-308 F-3 Violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed for an earlier violation of the Student Code of Conduct or other Board of university rules
• 5-308 F-15 Violation of the Board or university rules or applicable laws governing alcohol, including consumption, distribution, unauthorized sale, or possession of alcoholic beverages
• 5-308 F-17 Off-campus conduct that a reasonable person would believe may present a risk or danger to the health, safety or security of the Board or university community or to the safety or security of the Board or university property
• 5-308 F-21 Engaging in discriminatory activities, including harassment and retaliation, as prohibited by applicable law or university policy
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