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Fraternity Kicked Off Campus After Watermelon and Gangbanger MLK Party

An Arizona State University fraternity has been banned from campus permanentlyasu_students after an offensive Martin Luther King Jr. holiday party caused an uproar among civil rights groups.


Tau Kappa Epsilon was informed on Thursday night that it is no longer a recognized fraternity at ASU. This means that the group can no longer gather on campus and every mention of the group in ASU’s promotional material will be removed.

ASU President Michael Crow says the fraternity violated behavioral standards.

“At ASU, students who violate these standards will be subject to disciplinary sanctions in order to promote their own personal development, to protect the university community, and to maintain order and stability on our campuses,” he said.

Which standards did the fraternity violate? According to USA Today, “engaging in discriminatory activities, violating alcohol rules, violating the terms of earlier disciplinary sanctions and off-campus conduct that may present a risk or danger” were all violations of the school’s code of conduct.

Pictures on social media showed fraternity members dressed in saggy pants, throwing up gang signs, and drinking out of watermelon cups during the MLK themed party.

Fraternity members were already on probation after they assaulted an African-American from a rival fraternity.

Local civil rights leader Rev. Jarrett Maupin says banning the fraternity is a good start, but he still wants the students disciplined and for ASU to create a “more accepting environment” for their students.

“They did the right thing to defend the legacy of Dr. King and to say to the nation and to the state, and everyone who is watching, that there is a zero-tolerance policy for racism and discrimination at Arizona State University,” said Maupin.

Civil rights leaders had threatened to boycott the university if they didn’t take action against the fraternity.

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