Statement on incident at the University of Oklahoma
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The recent incident involving racism at the University of Oklahoma serves as a reminder of the importance of our Principles of Community to all within the K-State family. The Wildcat Way is to respect all individuals and celebrate our unique differences.
"This issue involves a single chapter of a national fraternity," said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students. "We should not assume that the beliefs of students at another institution are shared by members of the chapter on our campus. Our local chapter has been very committed to diversity."
The membership of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at Kansas State University includes students of color, international students and students who are openly gay. The chapter has made a very deliberate effort to be inclusive and diverse.
"We have heard that some on our campus have approached members of the local chapter and made disparaging remarks," said Reagan Kays, Student Governing Association president. "This is not reflective of K-State values or the way we conduct ourselves as individuals. Please do not judge our fellow students based on the actions of others."
"K-State fraternities and sororities work to provide an inclusive and diverse community," said Ben Hopper, director of Greek Affairs. "Unique personalities and individual characteristics lead to a strong, diverse Greek community. Members strive to be inclusive in their actions and seek to eliminate thoughts and behaviors not upholding this ideal."