WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- According to Cornell University’s website on Hazing at Cornell, Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity was placed on Probationary Recognition for a two-year period.
- The chapter was under investigation after the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL) received multiple reports of misconduct that occurred last year.
- The fraternity conducted a contest, referred to as a “pig roast,” for new members who will engage in sexual intercourse with larger women.
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at Cornell University was put on probation after they were found guilty of conducting a game of sexual bets. After the investigation concluded last month, the University’s Fraternity and Sorority Review Board determined that the chapter violated a Recognition policy and one of Cornell’s Fraternity and Sorority Expectations of Membership.
According to a report from the Ivy League school, new members of the fraternity reportedly collected “points” by having sex with plus-size women.
“In the event of a tie,” the school’s website said, “additional points were awarded to the new member who had sex with a woman who had weighed the most.”
The “pig roast” sex game was supposed to be a secret so new members were ordered not to inform the women they sleep with.
Aside from the probation, the fraternity was required to participate in events for Sexual Assault Awareness Week, undergo chapter and national reviews, and hire a live-in adviser approved by the OSFL.
The Cornell chapter posted on Facebook that it “would like to first and foremost express our mutual disgust along with those who feel hurt or victimized.”
Zeta Beta Tau also said that as an organization, it did not know about the contest until December. It also mentioned plans of conducting a review and expelling some members.
Paul Russell, president of the fraternity council at Cornell University, told the Cornell Daily Sun that they are “working to make sure these sorts of incidents don’t become normalized.”