The fraternity has been placed on two years of probation.
A Cornell University fraternity has been placed on probation after the school discovered they’d held a “pig roast” contest that involved new members competing to have sex with the heaviest woman.
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According to an investigation by the school's Fraternity and Sorority Review Board, Cornell's Zeta Beta Tau chapter held the contest in 2017.
New members acquired “points” by having sex with women, 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 tell the women about the contest.
After an investigation that concluded in January, the ZBT chapter was placed on two years of probation.
Members will be required to attend education programs about sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention, and the chapter and national organization will conduct a membership review.
In a lengthy statement on the chapter’s Facebook page on Saturday, members said they are “horrified at the notion of the degradation and/or objectification of women” and claimed the contest was “neither chapter sanctioned activities, nor ones that brothers were aware of.”
“We, too, are in disbelief and even more so that these alleged actions may have been taken by those whom we called brothers,” the statement said. “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 chapter said that, following a membership review, they plan to expel any members that “we find not to be committed to these said ideals and values” of “social responsibility and integrity.”
“We are committed to demonstrating through our actions that this inexcusable behavior will not be tolerated,” they said.
“Behavior that degrades and dehumanizes women contributes to a climate and culture of tolerance for sexual violence,” said Lombardi.
Lombardi said “the campus community will be watching” to see whether the chapter will “live up to their public pledge to demonstrate ‘through our actions that this inexcusable behavior will not be tolerated.’”
“It is incumbent that all members of the Greek system and the campus as a whole challenge any form of sexual misconduct and the behaviors that foster it,” said Lombardi.