According to the Cornell Daily Sun, a report conducted by Cornell's fraternity and sorority review board revealed that Zeta Beta Tau's demeaning and fat-shaming contest happened sometime in 2017, but did not disclose participating members nor the length of the competition. "The new members were told not to inform the women of the contest", the university said in a statement. If there was a tie, additional points would be given to the man who had sex with the woman who weighed the most.
Ryan Lombardi, vice president for campus and student life, condemned the fraternity's behavior and stressed, "Behavior that degrades and dehumanizes women contributes to a climate and culture of tolerance for sexual violence", according to The Cornell Sun.
Leaders of the Cornell chapter of the fraternity said they were in "disbelief" over the reports.
In addition to the probation, the fraternity will be required to participate in events during Cornell's Sexual Assault Awareness Week, hire a live-in adviser for the duration of the probation, allow external reviews, and participate in "ongoing education" about sexual violence. ZBT National could not be reached for an immediate comment.
"The IFC was appalled and disgusted by the activity described in the reports", Russell said.
The statement, which has also been posted to the fraternity's Facebook page, validated "hurt or victimized" feelings of affected people who were degraded or objectified by this experience, but stopped short of offering a legitimate apology.
It continues on to state that the "pig roast" wasn't one of the "chapter sanctioned activities nor ones that brothers were aware of" until December.
"We are committed to demonstrating through our actions that this inexcusable behavior will not be tolerated, and as such, we will take the necessary steps to ensure we retain the ideals and values of our brotherhood, specifically Social Responsibility and Integrity", said the ZBT.X It is reported that other ZBT chapters at American universities have been sanctioned for misconduct.
"We can not be lulled into believing that this particular incident is the only example of sexism in fraternity life".