University suspends fraternity that rejected a pledge because he was gay

“It’s not something that the university tolerates or takes lightly," said one university representative

By Katie McDonough

Published December 5, 2013 6:39PM (EST)

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Morgan State University, a historically black college in Baltimore, Md., has suspended a fraternity that rejected a pledge because he is gay.

As the Baltimore Sun reports, Brian Stewart filed a formal complaint with the university alleging that Alpha Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi rejected him as a pledge because of his sexuality. Stewart provided social media messages exchanged between fraternity members as evidence, and a disciplinary panel agreed that he had been the victim of anti-gay discrimination.

Stewart, a former White House intern in high academic standing, said at the time he filed the discrimination complaint, "I didn't know I was going to have no control -- that my interview meant nothing, my achievements meant nothing, because they had already made up their minds."

University spokesman Jarrett Carter Sr. said the fraternity will remain suspended until 2015, barring them from registering as an official campus organization and participating in university-sponsored events.

“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.”


Katie McDonough

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