California Polytechnic State University has indefinitely suspended all Greek life due to concerns surrounding two recent racially charged incidents.
“As many are aware, Lambda Chi Alpha was suspended for a minimum of a year. After learning this morning about another incident of racial profiling and cultural appropriation that occurred at Sigma Nu six weeks ago, I am announcing today an indefinite suspension of all Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council fraternities and sororities,” Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong announced in a letter to the school community this week, a copy of which was obtained by KSBY.
Kyler Watkins, a member of the school’s Lambda Chi Alpha chapter, made headlines last week after photographs surfaced on social media of the student wearing blackface. The incident sparked outrage within the student body, and while Armstrong responded to student demands by issuing punishment to the fraternity, he ultimately refused to expel Watkins.
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The second incident, which took place six weeks earlier but was only revealed this week, involved a snapchat photo of three Sigma Nu members at a “non-affiliated” party dressed in stereotypically Hispanic attire. The photo was captioned: “When you get the holmes to take a photo of la familia.”
In a statement released Monday, Sigma Nu asserted that the photo shows the fraternity members “wearing white ribbed tank tops, bandanas, sagged pants, a fake mustache, and other inappropriate attire, which displayed clear cultural misappropriation.”
The fraternity immediately suspended all three members, promised to make “a public apology to all communities affected by this inappropriate behavior,” and preemptively embraced “all other sanctions decided upon” by the university.
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Armstrong decried the Lambda Chi incident as “another reminder of the deep, historic and systemic inequities—including acts of racism—[students, staff, and faculty of color] have had to live with and endure on a day-to-day basis,” vowing that he would do his best to work within the limitations of his “identity” to address the issue.
“To our underrepresented students, please know that
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