ASU fraternity apologizes for offensive party - Tucson News Now

ASU fraternity apologizes for offensive party

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A photo of the TKE party posted to social media. A photo of the TKE party posted to social media.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

An Arizona State University fraternity disaffiliated with the school after an offensive Martin Luther King, Jr. party earlier this month apologized over social media today.

The off-campus party held by Tau Kappa Epsilon Jan. 20 featured students portraying racial stereotypes. Pictures were posted to social media.

The university and the fraternity's head office continue to investigate the event.

ASU's TKE issued the following apology on its Facebook page:

"To the Arizona State University and Tempe Community:

We, the men of the Beta-Xi Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, apologize for the offensive and racially insensitive conduct in which a few members of our chapter recently engaged. We recognize and regret that their inappropriate behavior embarrassed Arizona State University and the Tempe community.

Since its founding in 1899, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity has always admitted men based on their "personal worth and character." As a Chapter of TKE, we are committed to that principle and take great pride in belonging to a fraternity that has never had a membership exclusionary policy. Our chapter also prides itself in being one of the most diverse organizations on campus, embracing members of all races, creeds, and orientations. We have absolutely no tolerance for insensitive and narrow-minded behavior and remain committed to recruiting progressive-thinking men at ASU.

The offensive party that took place on January 19, 2014 was not planned, publicized, endorsed, hosted, or condoned in any way by either the Beta-Xi Chapter of TKE or the International Fraternity. We apologize that a few select individuals, in a moment of poor taste and bad judgment, held an event that was both insulting to the community and contrary to the values, principles, and ideals of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

The select individuals who hosted the offensive party failed to fulfill the obligations of membership they promised to uphold when they chose to join TKE. Consequently, we have suspended those involved while we continue our investigation and begin a thorough review of their membership.

This shameful incident is an educational opportunity, and we embrace the challenge to help our men exemplify "love, charity, and esteem" and "personal worth and character" – core values of TKE – and do our part to help our nation advance the dream of Dr. King to live in a nation where no one is "judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

While we continue our studies at ASU and our internal review of our members, we ask that all questions and comments be directed to the Fraternity's Chief Information Officer, Alex Baker, at Tau Kappa Epsilon International Headquarters.

Sincerely,
The Men of the Beta-Xi Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity

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