Cornell University Frat on Probation for Reportedly Instigating Fat-Shaming Sex Contest

Photo: AP (Pictured: McGraw Hall on Cornell University campus, not the fraternity in question.)

Just another reason to vehemently dislike frats: On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that the Cornell University chapter of fraternity Zeta Beta Tau was placed on probation for two years following an investigation launched sometime last year into claims the brothers were requiring new pledges to engage in a sex competition. That investigation wrapped up in January.

The rules of the game, according to the report, stipulated that pledges would have sex with as many women as they could, and, in the case of a tie, the neophyte who was determined to have slept with the heaviest woman would win. The crass contest came to be known by fraternity members as the Pig Roast.


In the wake of Cornell’s report, ZBT issued a statement over the weekend saying, “the brothers of the Kappa Chapter of Zeta Beta Tau would like to…express our mutual disgust along with those who feel hurt or victimized. Your feelings are legitimate and appropriate reactions to something of this nature.” The fraternity added that what took place were not “chapter sanctioned activities.”

Meanwhile, vice president for student and campus life Ryan Lombardi told Cornell student paper The Cornell Daily Sun on Friday that the behavior of these ZBT members (who were to named in the report), “is abhorrent to me and antithetical to our values as a community.”

According to the university, the terms of ZBT’s probation include a mandatory live-in adviser, external reviews, and anti-violence education.

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