The University of Texas at Austin isn’t punishing a campus fraternity for a “border patrol” party, saying the Greek house didn’t violate any university rules, according to student newspaper The Daily Texan.
The party — thrown by the UT chapter of Phi Gamma Delta, or FIJI — reportedly featured fraternity members wearing “sombreros, ponchos, and construction hats with names such as ‘Jefe’ and ‘Pablo Sanchez’ written on them,” The Texan reports. A UT administrator told The Texan that FIJI didn’t violate any campus rules since party was held off-campus.
The official UT Twitter account wrote, “While the behaviour doesn’t mirror UT core values, it’s within students’ right to freedom of speech at private off campus event.”
The UT FIJI president originally defended the party to The Texan as a “western-themed party which focuses on the traditional old west.” However, The Texan reports, “several party attendees said the party theme was communicated as ‘border patrol.'”
After news of the party broke in early February, hundreds of people protested the FIJI fraternity house:
Here are some pictures from the FIJI “border patrol” party:
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