Ole Miss officials investigating fraternity event

OXFORD, Miss. (WJTV) — A University of Mississippi event held by a fraternity is in the spotlight after some say parts of it were offensive.

According to WREG, a CBS affiliate in Memphis, Tenn., Ole Miss officials are investigating the situation.

The Sigma Chi fraternity at Ole Miss sponsors the Derby Days event each year. The funds raised are donated to a children’s hospital. The school has ordered the frat to stop all activities associated with the event until further notice.

A Facebook post by someone who attended the event, has been shared more than 1,200 times. Abby Bruce commented on the nature of it and said “there are so many layers to this event that are unacceptable.”

She mainly commented on the manner that women were depicted.

Ole Miss released a statement about the event:

 “If substantiated, the behavior reported at this event clearly violates campus policy and one of the UM community’s core values, which is for our students to show respect and dignity for all. While the investigation into the incident moves forward, the Sigma Chi fraternity has been directed by university officials to cease any official or unofficial Derby Days activities.”

Since Derby Days took place, the president of the fraternity at Ole Miss, Clay Wooley, commented on the event saying, some of the things said were wrong.

“We didn’t do enough to stop it, and that’s on us,” Wooley said in an interview to NewsWatch Ole Miss.

Below is a YouTube video of a part of the event.

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