Arizona State University has banned recognition of a fraternity on its campus after it threw an offensive MLK-themed party.
Tau Kappa Epsilon’s presence was permanently revoked after their “MLK Black Party” left many on the campus offended.
Pictures show members and guests dressed in basketball jerseys, flashing gang signs and even drinking from watermelon cups. Revoking recognition means the 65-year-old local chapter is no longer affiliated with ASU, the group won’t be listed on the university’s website and cannot recruit members or hold on-campus meetings.
In a statement issued late Thursday, the university said, “ASU will take additional action as may be appropriate under ASU and Arizona Board of Regents policies.”
“Arizona State University has notified Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) that its recognition as a fraternity chapter at ASU has been permanently revoked. This action has been taken after TKE was placed on probation in 2012. TKE was suspended on January 20, 2014 for hosting an unregistered, off-campus event on January 19, 2014 that encouraged a racially-incentive theme and created an environment conducive to underage consumption of alcohol.
“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. Upon conclusion of that investigation, ASU will take additional action as may be appropriate under ASU and Arizona Board of Regents policies.
This isn’t the first time the university’s TKE chapter has been in trouble.
The fraternity was just reinstated last month after being suspended for inappropriate conduct, including a fight that injured one student.
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