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Fraternity gets probation after student says he was rejected because he is gay

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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BALTIMORE — A fraternity at Morgan State University in Baltimore has been placed on probation until 2015 following an investigation that a student was rejected because he is gay.

Brian Stewart

Brian Stewart

Morgan spokesman Jarrett Carter Sr. said that a disciplinary panel investigating the complaint found that the Alpha Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi violated university policies regarding discrimination, reported The Baltimore Sun.

The disciplinary probation means Morgan’s chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity can’t register as an official organization, can’t participate in university-sponsored events, and can’t host its own events on or off campus.

Morgan University said the disciplinary panel, made up of students, faculty and staff, reached its decision last week.

Three students in the fraternity also faced judicial review, but Carter declined to comment on whether they had received additional discipline as individuals.

In October, Brian Stewart said the fraternity denied his application the day after his interview, and cited media messages between fraternity members which included a gay slur, as the reason for his rejection.

Stewart, 20, a former White House intern, said he wanted to join the fraternity because his pastor and mentor from his youth was a member. He said he grew up poor in Annapolis and that his mentor had a major influence on his life.

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