Purported ‘white girls only’ fraternity party at Yale spurs emotional backlash

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Following reports that a Yale University fraternity brother turned students away from a party because they were not white, conflicting stories have emerged and emotions on campus are running high.

Last weekend, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon allegedly turned students away and said: “No, we’re only looking for white girls,’’ Sofia Petros-Gouin, a freshman at Columbia University visiting Yale for the weekend, told The Washington Post.

“He pulled a blond girl up from the bottom of the stairs — over some people — pushed her inside and said, ‘We are looking for white girls only, white girls only.’ No brothers corrected him or said anything,’’ Petros-Gouin told the Post.

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Since Petros-Gouin’s story broke, conflicting reports have surfaced about the party and who was allowed inside.

SAE’s president denied the allegations, and another brother told the Post that no students carrying Yale IDs were turned away before 11:15 p.m., when the party was at capacity and stopped letting people inside. Some students have said that a woman turned away at the front door around that time began yelling, “It’s because I’m black, isn’t it?’’

Fraternity members have said the chapter is diverse, and that minority members have faced backlash from minority students on campus who have called them “Uncle Tom,’’ the Post reported.

In attempt to resolve the issue, Yale held a forum Wednesday for students to discuss discrimination on campus, the New Haven Register reported. Women expressed that they felt unsafe at the university and made demands for increased support from the administration.

The chapter in question is not officially affiliated with Yale, as it was banned until 2016 for violating the school’s sexual misconduct policy, the Register reported. The national SAE organization has taken it upon themselves to investigate what went on at the chapter.

“The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at Yale University is comprised of a diverse group of brothers, and the event likewise was attended by a diverse group of students,’’ a statement on the national SAE website said. “In addition, Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national leadership has zero tolerance for any behavior or action that deviates from our values and creed, and we will continue to investigate this allegation to determine additional information.’’

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