Arizona State University has taken action against Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. The frat has been expelled after the organization held an “MLK Black Party” on the Dr. King holiday that was deemed “offensive.”
The university has released a statement saying that the school has revoked its recognition as a Greek organization on its campus and that the 65-year-old chapter is no longer affiliated with ASU.
The university’s president, Michael Crow, says that the students of Tau Kappa Epsilon violated four provisions the school’s code of conduct: engaging in discriminatory activities, violating alcohol rules, violating the terms of earlier disciplinary sanctions and off-campus conduct that may present a risk or danger.
“At ASU, students who violate these standards will be subject to disciplinary sanctions in order to promote their own personal development, to protect the university community, and to maintain order and stability on our campuses,” he said.
The school’s TKE chapter was previously suspended for inappropriate conduct and were reinstated on campus in December. Individual cases of the students involved in the more recent incident are still being investigated.
Alex Baker, spokesman for the national Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, issued a statement earlier this week and apologized for “any offensive actions that a few of our members might have participated in.”
“Tau Kappa Epsilon does not condone or support any actions by its members that would be defined as racist, discriminatory and/or offensive.”
Well done, ASU.