Cornell frat disciplined for sex contest dubbed 'pig roast'
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - A fraternity at Cornell University has been placed on probation for conducting a sex contest members dubbed the "pig roast" in reference to the weight of women they slept with.
The university said officials launched an investigation of the Zeta Beta Tau chapter last year after multiple reports about the secret game in which new members could get points by having sex with women.
In case of a tie, the win would go to the member who had sex with the heaviest woman.
The fraternity said in a statement that the allegations were contrary to its values and mission:
The Cornell chapter of Zeta Beta Tau posted a statement on Facebook that said, in part, that the alleged actions "were 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," adding that the alleged actions are "contrary to the values" of the frat.
The school said the fraternity will be required to hire a live-in adviser during the two-year probation, be subject to external reviews and participate in ongoing education about sexual violence.
Zeta Beta Tau's International Headquarters had this statement surrounding the discipline of their Kappa Chapter at Cornell:
"Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity was deeply disappointed to learn of allegations that certain men in the Kappa Chapter at Cornell engaged in activities that degrade women. Based on findings of the University’s Fraternity and Sorority Review Board, we are working with campus officials and the chapter on an action plan that includes a comprehensive membership review to rid the chapter of any men who may have participated in, or had knowledge of, these alleged activities. Further, ZBT will conduct its own thorough investigation of this matter to get to the bottom of this situation, as we simply will not tolerate the objectification or degradation of any human being.
Nationally, Zeta Beta Tau is a leader in the fight against any form of degradation on college campuses. As a founding member of the It’s On Us Greek Leadership Council, a national movement to end sexual assault, we believe strongly that our members—and all men—must treat women with dignity and respect. During our ongoing investigation, should we find that men in the chapter are not on board with our focus on heathy relationships, they will be removed from the Fraternity. We also hope Cornell University will also hold them to the highest level of accountability.
Further, education is critical to changing attitudes. Through the action plan, as we implement ZBT’s signature programs around building healthy relationships, such as the Safe Smart Dating program, we plan to expand this programming to students at Cornell. "
Vice President for Student and Campus Life, Ryan Lombardi, issued this statement surrounding the incident:
“The behavior that Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) fraternity was recently found responsible for is abhorrent to me and antithetical to our values as a community. Behavior that degrades and dehumanizes women contributes to a climate and culture of tolerance for sexual violence.
“While sanctions have been levied against this fraternity by the Fraternity and Sorority Review Board, the campus community will be watching to see whether the members of ZBT – as individuals and as a group – 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.”