A historically black college has placed a fraternity chapter on probation for discriminating against a gay student.
Senior Brian Stewart filed a complaint with Morgan State in late October, saying that the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity rejected him because he’s gay.
As proof, the 20-year-old Stewart showed university officials derogatory social media messages about him sent between fraternity members.
Stewart is a former White House intern who said he’d dreamed of joining the fraternity because his mentor had been a member, and he told administrators he was devastated when he saw the messages about him.
“I didn’t know I was going to have no control, that my interview meant nothing (and) my achievements meant nothing, because they had already made up their minds,” said Stewart, who was rejected one day after his interview.
University spokesman Jarrett Carter Sr. said the Alpha Iota chapter had violated school policies on discrimination, and the fraternity won’t be allowed to register as an official organization, participate in university-sponsored events or host events on or off campus.
“It’s very rare to get a complaint like this from students against other students,” Carter said. “It’s not something that the university tolerates or takes lightly.”
The sanctions, which were issued by a panel made up of students, faculty and staff members, will remain in place until fall 2015.
Hundreds of students attended two campus-wide panel discussions about the case.
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