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Cornell Fraternity Put On Probation For Fat-Shaming Sex Contest Called The 'Pig Roast'

Zeta Beta Tau gave the member who slept with the heaviest woman additional "points."

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A fraternity at Cornell University has been put on probation following a body-shaming sex contest for its members. According to the New York Daily News, Zeta Beta Tau’s (ZBT) chapter at the college has been put on probation after an investigation discovered its "pig roast" game.

In it, "new members could accumulate 'points' by engaging in sexual intercourse with women," according to a report from Cornell. If there was a tie, additional points would be given to the man who had sex with the woman who weighed the most.

As The Cornell Daily Sun reported, the contest occurred in 2017. Details surfaced from an investigation conducted by the University’s Fraternity and Sorority Review Board that concluded last month. It has not been revealed who was involved in the incident or for how long the contest ran. 

Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life, criticized the frat's actions. He described the frat's behavior as “abhorrent to me and antithetical to our values as a community.”

ZBT apologized on Facebook and released its own statement saying that the Ithaca, New York, campus chapter's behavior is not something it was aware of or condones. The “allegations described are contrary to the values that Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity espouses and works in direct conflict with the beliefs and missions of the Kappa Chapter," the statement said.

"The events detailed in The Sun were neither chapter sanctioned activities, nor ones that brothers were aware of. We, too, are in disbelief and even more so that these alleged actions may have been taken by those whom we called brothers. As a result, we are looking inward to ensure this type of behavior never occurs by anyone connected with ZBT, or the campus community as a whole, on our watch," it continued.

The chapter is apparently conducting a review and plans on expelling some members.

President of the school’s fraternity council, Paul Russell, told the campus publication that his group is “working to make sure these sorts of incidents don’t become normalized.”

The frat has been placed on probation for two years. As CBS News reported, Zeta Beta Tau must hire a live-in advisor during this period. Additionally, it faces external reviews, and it must participate in ongoing education about sexual violence.

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