- The Washington Times - Monday, May 1, 2017

Hundreds of Baylor University students protested at the Waco, Texas, campus Monday afternoon to call for action against its Kappa Sigma chapter for holding a Mexican-themed party over the weekend.

Some of those who attended the off-campus party Saturday night told local CBS affiliate KWTX that they saw some students wearing sombreros, ponchos and maid’s uniforms.

Students demonstrating on the Christian university’s Fountain Mall on Monday issued a list of demands that included sanctions against the fraternity, a formal apology and mandatory cultural competency education for all students and faculty, KWTX reported.

Baylor and Kappa Sigma’s national chapter said they are investigating the incident, and the university chapter has been suspended until further review.

“The allegations are inconsistent with the values of Kappa Sigma and, upon the completion of the investigation, the fraternity will address the findings in an appropriate manner,” the national chapter said in a statement.

Baylor Vice President for Student Life Kevin Jackson released a statement Sunday reaffirming Baylor’s commitment to its Christian mission and denouncing “racism of any kind.”

“The University has been made aware of a racially insensitive event that occurred last night off campus. The reported behavior is deeply concerning and does not in any way reflect Baylor’s institutional values,” the statement said, KWTX reported. “When any incident that does not align with our faith and mission is brought to our attention, it is thoroughly investigated by the University, and appropriate action is taken.”

Baylor’s Hispanic Student Association responded to the incident Sunday by hosting a discussion at the Student Union, which was attended by several administrators, local ABC affiliate KXXV reported.

“It’s not acceptable, it’s not tolerated. We’re here to support our students,” said Elizabeth Palacios, Dean for Student Development and Special Assistant to the President on Diversity. “[The fraternity] will be called in this semester. It’s in the process now.”

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