ASU fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon under scrutiny for MLK Day party

An Arizona State University fraternity's operations have been suspended pending an investigation into accusations that the local Tau Kappa Epsilon's chapter hosted a distasteful weekend party in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The University said it will not tolerate "this type of behavior" in an emailed statement Tuesday. Officials also said that Tau Kappa Epsilon has been on disciplinary probation since 2012.

University officials said the party TKE held was not held on campus and was not a sanctioned university event. 

The University met Tuesday with fraternity representatives regarding the off-campus party.

ASU officials told ABC15 it is investigating the offensive party and has suspended the fraternity's operations.

They are also meeting with the national Tau Kappa Epsilon organization, according to an email sent to ABC15.

A fraternity spokesman calls the party an embarrassment and notes an investigation is ongoing.

Arizona civil rights leaders are calling on ASU to permanently suspend the fraternity and expel all students involved.

Reverend Jarrett Maupin told ABC15 in an email that the party asked guests to "dress like black people" and drink from "watermelon cups."

According to Maupin, guests wore sports jerseys, flashed gang signs and posted photos of it on social media accounts.

The leaders held a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Phoenix.

Maupin said he wants to meet with ASU's President Michael Crow about the event. Maupin also said, if Crow refuses to meet with him, then he will start a national boycott for fundraising for ASU's new football stadium.

ABC15 contacted ASU to see if Crow will meet with Maupin, but we have not heard back.

In 2012, the University of Arizona suspended its Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter after instances of dangerous hazing.

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