UT fraternity suspended over discrimination claim

The Main Building on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin (KXAN Photo/Eric Janzen)
(KXAN Photo/Eric Janzen)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas is looking into accusations from a student who says he was denied entry into a fraternity because he’s gay. The student tells KXAN he was denied a bid to Lambda Phi Epsilon.

The national organization says the UT Austin chapter is currently under a temporary suspension while the fraternity is investigated. That means the fraternity cannot host social activities, chapter meetings or other group operations.

“I am not upset that I did not receive an invitation to join such an organization, but because of the reason why,” the student said.

The student also filed a report with the Campus Climate Response Team. A spokesperson in that office said they received a report of a “bias incident,” but could not provide further details citing federal student privacy laws.

The chapter could face more sanctions moving forward pending results of the investigation.

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