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

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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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26 more reader comments:

  1. So sad. Thankful my fraternity was my support system during my coming out

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:19pm
  2. name letters, you are not the only one.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:21pm
  3. AXP -Temple University

    Replied on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:25pm
  4. Sad :-/ Thought society was taking a huge step towards change in all kinds of ways and minds. But l guess it’s gonna take longer then that. We take the challenge.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:22pm
  5. Serves the fraternity right. Sad people just can’t be supportive, everyone deserves equality and the sooner they realize that the better!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:24pm
  6. I’ll take him

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:49pm
  7. Take your time and talents elsewhere. There is certainly a fraternity that would welcome you with open arms. I only need to be told once my presence is not wanted, be it a business or a personal relationship.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:50pm
  8. stupid

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:08pm
  9. yeah they be associated with a school if the propagate hate

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:17pm
  10. Would he really want to be in the fraternity since they discriminated him?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:46pm
  11. Take your beautiful face and intellect to another fraternity…THEY DO NOT DESERVE YOU…You deserve better than that…COURAGE TO YOU BROTHER.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 9:18pm
  12. wow…is all i can say..may karma find you soon

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 9:53pm
  13. Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:28pm
  14. COME ON!!!!! WHERE IS THE BLACK UNITY???

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:46pm
  15. good <3

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:05pm
  16. No ,Leave this guy alone he should be able to get his education like anyone else.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:46pm
  17. Yovannys ImpaKt Kenney :-/

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:02am
  18. Kaitlynn Mildenberger

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:21am
  19. To whatever your real name is (your fake TZ one is dumb), I pray God has mercy on you.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:05am
  20. Wtf. That’s bogus as fuck. He’s a DUDE! What the fuck.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:49am
  21. Why does his Sexual Orientation matter?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:49am
  22. REALLY?AFRAID IN THIER OWN SKIN’S!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 3:46am
  23. very sad!! Feel so bad for this young man!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 4:14am
  24. If this is true then let’s see the conversations that include these gay slurs then.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 5:38am
  25. How would the sexuality of a person effect their Humane nature..what non-sense…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:53am
  26. Only probation? They should have been disbanded.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:16am