College fraternity punished for “pig roast” contest to have sex with the heaviest woman
The Cornell University fraternity has been placed on probationary recognition for a period of two years.
A fraternity at Cornell University, located in Ithica in the state of New York in the United States, has been placed on probationary recognition for two years following multiple reports of misconduct during 2017.
An investigation that concluded last month determined that the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity conducted a contest in which new members could accumulate “points” by engaging in sexual intercourse with women.
The contest was referred to as a “pig roast” and in the event of a tie, additional points were awarded to the new member who had had sex with a woman who had weighed the most. The new members were told not to inform the women of the contest.
Following the investigation, the Fraternity and Sorority Review Board determined that the Zeta Beta Tau chapter was in violation of two recognition policies; one that will not implement or tolerate hazing and another that will not tolerate or condone any form of sexually abusive behavior on the part of its members, whether physical, mental, or emotional.
As a result, the fraternity was placed on probationary recognition for two years and instructed to adhere to a number of conditions, including a full chapter brotherhood review, the hiring of a live-in advisor for the probationary period and to work with resources such as the Women’s Resource Center and The Advocacy Center to conduct ongoing education on sexual violence.
You can read the results of the investigation in full here.
Following the publication of the allegations in the Cornell Daily Sun, the Zeta Beta Tau chapter expressed their “mutual disgust along with those who feel hurt or victimized” in a lengthy statement on Facebook.
“The events detailed in The Sun were neither chapter sanctioned activities, nor ones that brothers were aware of,” the statement read.
“We, too, are in disbelief and even more so that these alleged actions may have been taken by those whom we called brothers. As a result, we are looking inward to ensure this type of behavior never occurs by anyone connected with ZBT, or the campus community as a whole, on our watch.”
You can read the statement in full below.