Fraternity under fire for 'pig roast' sex contest

New members of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Cornell University participated in a fat-shaming sex contest a year ago where they accumulated points for having sex with women, university officials say.

Members of Zeta Beta Tau were told not to discuss their contest with the women they slept with, according to a new university report.

In December, the New Brunswick chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Rutgers University in New Jersey was shut down after frat members allegedly drugged members of a sorority mixer with Xanax-spiked punch, according to NJ.com and the Daily Targum, Rutgers' student newspaper.

The so-called Greek Life system of fraternities and sororities at third-level educational institutions in the USA has come under increased scrutiny in recent years following a number of high-profile cases of hazing, sexual misconduct.

A fraternity at Cornell University has been put on probation following a body-shaming sex contest for its members.

In addition to the probation, the fraternity will be required to participate in events during Cornell's Sexual Assault Awareness Week, hire a live-in adviser for the duration of the probation, allow external reviews, and participate in "ongoing education" about sexual violence.

"At this point it's pretty standard that they just kind of get off with some type of probation that's not really a probation", said Cornell Junior, Sarah Wang. "I feel like there's so many good things that go on on our campus and these are the kinds of things that people will remember us for, rather than the good things".

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"The events detailed in The Sun were neither chapter sanctioned activities, nor ones that brothers were aware of".

Vice president for student and campus life Ryan Lombardi said in a statement that the fraternity's behavior was "abhorrent", The Cornell Daily Sun reported.

The chapter also said that is plans on conducting a review and expelling some members.

Leaders of the Cornell chapter of the fraternity said they were in "disbelief" over the reports.

"The Kappa Chapter of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity is horrified at the notion of the degradation and/or objectification of women, and the impact it has had on men and women across the United States, and at Cornell", the statement read.

The news comes at a time when fraternities and sororities have been under increased scrutiny for behavior that ranges from offensive to risky.

In some of the most egregious instances, pledges have died. In November, the fraternity's social activities were suspended amid multiple allegations of hazing, drugging and sexual misconduct by its members.

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