A Cornell University fraternity is on a two-year probation after hosting a "pig roast" contest in which new members were encouraged to have sex with as many women as possible without telling them about the competition.
IFC Executive Vice President Luke Bianco told Metro, "The members of this institution, both those who participated in this practice and those who simply stood by and did nothing, are widely recognized as problematic", stating that the IFC recognizes "the advantage in maintaining their [ZBT] chapter in order to efficiently manage the distribution of training with regards to sexual violence prevention". If there was a tie, additional points would be given to the man who had sex with the woman who weighed the most.
The fraternity previously came under fire in January after its University of MI chapter was found to be in violation of rules regarding hazing, reports Detroit News. School officials said that the fraternity pledges were reportedly asked not to disclose about the contest to the woman.
The review board completed its investigation last month, saying that the fraternity would be punished, according to the Cornell Daily Sun. It has not been revealed who was involved in the incident or for how long the contest ran.
Those engaging in Zeta Beta Tau's "pig roast" were instructed not to tell women about the contest, the report said.
The fraternity chapter now has to conduct a full brotherhood review in addition to a new review by national leadership, hire a live-in advisor approved by the university's Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, participate in bystander education by the end of the semester, attend monthly meetings with the OSFL, and participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Week this coming April, among other events listed.
The fraternity said in a statement that the allegations were contrary to its values and mission. Cornell University campus is pictured.
The university said it violated rules that fraternities must not "tolerate or condone any form of sexually abusive behaviour on the part of its members, whether physical, mental, or emotional".
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi called the chapter's behavior "abhorrent to me and antithetical to our values as a community." . "Our chapter has worked closely with the Zeta Beta Tau International Headquarters to draft and execute an action plan that addresses this alleged behavior".