A representative for Arizona State University said school officials have suspended Tau Kappa Epsilon’s chapter operations while they investigate an unregistered Greek event that has many on campus offended.
Pictures from the event, coined “MLK Black Party” by the group, show members and guests dressed in basketball jerseys, flashing gang signs and even drinking from watermelon cups.
An official statement from the university said ASU has suspended the chapter’s operations and will take “additional action against the individuals involved.”
The university also said the ASU chapter was already on social probation and not allowed to have parties, noting that last weekend’s party was not on campus and not a university sanctioned event.
“ASU has one of the most diverse student bodies of any major university in the country, and it is unfortunate that a few misguided individuals held an offensive party at a time when ASU, the state and the nation are celebrating Dr. King’s achievements and legacy. The university will not tolerate this kind of behavior,” read the official ASU statement.
A spokesman from the local chapter, who would only identify himself as Cole, would not comment on the party or investigation. Rather, he told CBS 5 News to contact the national organization for TKE.
“We are aware of the situation. We have been contacted and we have been in contact with the local chapter and the university,” explained Patrick Gleason, the director of compliance and housing for the national organization, based out of Indianapolis.
“I’ll be meeting with the school as well as the local chapter, as I said, to really flush out the details of this incident and get a full scope of what occurred,” he continued.
The university said it was meeting the national TKE organization to take further action.