After conducting an investigation into what the university called a “racially insensitive event,” Baylor has decided to suspend its Kappa Sigma chapter.
Earlier in the week, up to 200 Baylor University students protested the fraternity, demanding sanctions against the group, a formal apology, mandatory cultural competency education for students and faculty, recruitment of more diverse faculty and staff, and a bilingual staff in student financial aid and assistance.
While Baylor University was conducting their investigation, the national Kappa Sigma fraternity said it suspended the operations of the chapter while they conducted their own personal investigation.
“The allegations are inconsistent with the values of Kappa Sigma and, upon the completion of the investigation, the fraternity will address the findings in an appropriate manner,” Kappa Sigma’s statement said.
According to those who attended the party, dubbed ‘Cinco De Drinko,’ students were dressed in ponchos, sombreros, construction outfits, and maid’s uniforms. They were also accused of chanting ‘build a wall.’
Kevin Jackson, Vice President of Baylor, released a statement on the issue:
“The University has been made aware of a racially insensitive event that occurred last night off campus. The reported behavior is deeply concerning and does not in any way reflect Baylor’s institutional values. University officials are presently investigating the incident and gathering additional information. Baylor is committed to a Christian mission that actively supports a caring and diverse campus community, and we do not tolerate racism of any kind on our campus. When any incident that does not align with our faith and mission is brought to our attention, it is thoroughly investigated by the University, and appropriate action is taken. Baylor is wholeheartedly steadfast in our commitment to our mission and to enriching the racial and ethnic fabric of our University. We accomplish this by celebrating and strengthening inclusiveness, understanding, and acceptance of all members of the Baylor family regardless of race or ethnicity.
The incident comes after a tumultuous couple of years at Baylor, including the resignation of former president Ken Starr after results of an investigation found ‘fundamental failure’ on the school’s part in responding to student sex assault allegations.