ASU fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon under scrutiny for MLK Day party
ABC15, The Wire
5:13 PM, Jan 21, 2014
An Arizona State University fraternity's operations have been suspended pending an investigation into accusations that the local Tau Kappa Epsilon's chapter hosted a distasteful weekend party in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
University officials planned to meet Tuesday with fraternity representatives regarding the off-campus party.
ASU officials told ABC15 it is investigating the offensive party and has suspended the fraternity's operations.They are also meeting with the national Tau Kappa Epsilon organization, according to an email sent to ABC15.
A fraternity spokesman calls the party an embarrassment and notes an investigation is ongoing.
Arizona civil rights leaders are calling on ASU to permanently suspend the fraternity and expel all students involved.
Reverend Jarrett Maupin told ABC15 in an email that the party asked guests to "dress like black people" and drink from "watermelon cups."
According to Maupin, guests wore sports jerseys, flashed gang signs and posted photos of it on social media accounts.
The leaders planned a news conference for Tuesday afternoon in Phoenix.
In 2012, the University of Arizona suspended its Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter after instances of dangerous hazing.