Administrators at the University of Tennessee are currently investigating a fraternity for allegedly targeting Asian students as part of its hazing activity.
It was alleged that recruits of the unidentified fraternity were reportedly tasked with taking pictures of Asian students, sometimes without their knowledge, as part of a scavenger hunt.
The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards reportedly began conducting its investigation on the matter.
Meanwhile, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life has also been notified of the case, reports The Knoxville News Sentinel.
According to Jonathan Thomas, an Asian student leader involved with groups such as the Christian Asian American InterVarsity and several other groups on campus, revealed that the pictures were taken with mostly Asian girls.
He further noted that he knew of several female students who had their picture taken by fraternity recruits this year.
“It seems like they were targeting mostly Asian girls,” Thomas was quoted as saying. “And in some cases, they were taking pictures without consent.”
The student who planned this year’s scavenger hunt activity has reportedly been disciplined internally by his fraternity and is now under the investigation by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
“I know that they’ve been talking with all of the sororities and fraternities about this behavior and telling all of them that this is unacceptable,” Thomas said.
Earlier this year, a new bill was introduced in the state legislature which would have banned fraternities and sororities at Tennessee’s state colleges and universities, according to the Tennessean.
However, that bill has remained in the education committee since it was submitted in February.
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