December 11, 2013 at 6:00 am EDT | by Steve Charing
Fraternity on probation for rejecting gay student
Morgan State University, gay news, Washington Blade, fraternity

Morgan State has punished a fraternity for allegedly rejecting a gay applicant.

Morgan State University’s chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity was placed on probation until the fall of 2015 for violating university policies on discrimination after a student, Brian Stewart, 20, complained that the fraternity rejected him because he is gay. In late October, Stewart, a senior, filed a formal complaint with the university offering derogatory social media messages he said were sent among fraternity members as proof.

“It’s very rare to get a complaint like this from students against other students,” Morgan spokesman Jarrett Carter, Sr. told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s not something that the university tolerates or takes lightly.”

Stewart said he no longer wishes to join the fraternity but wanted to raise awareness as his motive in filing the complaint.  He thought that his academic achievements presented at the interview would have been sufficient for being accepted by Kappa Alpha Psi members, but he was rejected the following day.

According to the Sun, the probation means that Morgan’s chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity cannot register as an official organization, participate in university-sponsored events or host events on or off campus.

Since news of the complaint circulated through the campus, students at Morgan have held two campus-wide discussions about discrimination against gay people, drawing hundreds of participants.

Stewart did not respond to a Blade request for comment.

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