Chi Omega Closes Penn State Chapter

By WTAJ News

Published 02/12 2014 12:34PM

Updated 02/12 2014 12:37PM

UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - A Penn State sorority was shut down Wednesday, more than a year after a racially insensitive photo surfaced of some of its members.

Chi Omega closed its Nu Gamma chapter at Penn State effective immediately. The controversial photo surfaced in December 2012 showing sorority members at a Mexican-themed Halloween party. Two signs, reading “Will mow lawn for weed and beer” and “I don’t cut grass, I smoke it” are front and center in the picture.

Chi Omega’s National Headquarters released the following statement:
"Members of Nu Gamma Chapter have participated in activities that are not congruent with Chi Omega's values and purposes…..The decision to close a chapter is the most difficult decision the Governing Council faces. The national organization has worked closely with this chapter on both educational and operational directives, particularly regarding risk management and bystander behavior. Unfortunately, these concerns continue to persist, and the Governing Council must close Nu Gamma Chapter for the safety of our members."
- Letitia Fulkerson, Chi Omega's National President

WTAJ News Reporter Mallory Lane will have more on this story this evening on WTAJ News.

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