ASU Gives Frat the Boot Over Racist Party

Tau Kappa Epsilon now expelled from campus

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 24, 2014 10:45 AM CST

(Newser) – It's official: Arizona State University has given Tau Kappa Epsilon the boot, expelling the fraternity after it hosted a racist party last weekend—apparently to "commemorate" Martin Luther King Jr. Day. ASU says the frat violated at least four school rules—including engaging in discriminatory activities—and has permanently revoked the university's recognition of the 65-year-old local chapter, meaning the group won't be able to hold meetings or recruit members on campus, the Arizona Republic reports.

In a statement per ABC15, ASU's president quoted MLK, saying, "We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education." According to local civil-rights leader, Rev. Jarrett Maupin, "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." ASU says student cases are still being decided, while TKE's national head says its own investigation will be released "shortly."

The Rev. Jarrett Maupin, center, speaks during a news conference in Phoenix, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
The Rev. Jarrett Maupin, center, speaks during a news conference in Phoenix, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)
The Rev. Jarrett Maupin, center, speaks during a news conference in Phoenix, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
The Rev. Jarrett Maupin, center, speaks during a news conference in Phoenix, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)
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