Cornell Fraternity Gets Probation for 'Pig Roast' Sex Contest

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2018

Shamed bosses Cornell University slammed the "abhorrent" behaviour and put the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity on probation for two years.

Members of Zeta Beta Tau were told not to discuss their contest with the women they slept with, according to a new university report.

After a slew of allegations throughout 2017, the university's Fraternity and Sorority Review Board launched an investigation into the ZBT members' behavior and practices at the Ivy league school located in upstate NY. If there was a tie, the victor would be the member who had sex with the heaviest female.

Ryan Lombardi, vice president for campus and student life, condemned the fraternity's behavior and stressed, "Behavior that degrades and dehumanizes women contributes to a climate and culture of tolerance for sexual violence", according to The Cornell Sun.

In a statement, Zeta Beta Tau leadership said they were "shocked and appalled" to be made aware of the contest and that the "pig roast" wasn't a chapter-sanctioned activity.

Cornell has placed the fraternity on probation for two years and during that time the chapter must have a live in adviser and participate in programs that will educate members about sexual assault. Their national organization will also be required to conduct an external review.

A university spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The review board found the chapter guilty of violating the University's Fraternity and Sorority Recognition Policy by implementing section 11 of Cornell's Fraternity and Sorority Expectations of Membership, which prohibits "sexually abusive behavior on the part of its members".

When asked to comment on the probation and "pig roast", Cornell's ZBT chapter directed Metro to a statement both issued to The Daily Sun and posted on Facebook last week.

"Your feelings are legitimate and appropriate reactions to something of this nature".

It continues on to state that the "pig roast" wasn't one of the "chapter sanctioned activities nor ones that brothers were aware of" until December. "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", the statement reads.

The Cornell chapter said it will conduct a review of the incident, and planned to expel some members.

"We can not be lulled into believing that this particular incident is the only example of sexism in fraternity life".

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