UT: Fraternity under investigation, allegedly beginning diversity training

Published: Oct. 8, 2018 at 5:23 PM EDT
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The University of Tennessee confirmed to WVLT News on Monday that one of its fraternities is under investigation.

According to a university spokeswoman, the school received allegations of student misconduct but couldn't provide further details.

"The information has been reported to us and we take this and all allegations of student misconduct seriously," said Katherine Saxon, a member of UT's communication team.

Jonathan Thomas, a leader of UT's Asian-American Intervarsity, told WVLT News the complaints stem from fraternity brothers reportedly taking photographs with students of Asian background. He described the practice as a sort of scavenger hunt with an undercurrent of racial profiling.

Thomas said it happens every year, and that younger members are tasked with completing a list of exercises, one of which includes taking a photograph of an Asian student.

Many of these fraternity members, Thomas said, were taking these photos without asking permission.

Saxon further explained, "I can confirm that the university is investigating the incident and will take individual or organizational action as necessary."

However, Saxon said more information, including which fraternity was under investigation, would not be released in order to protect the integrity of the university's investigation.

Thomas told WVLT he believes the fraternity is beginning diversity training.