IU Sorority Apologizes For Hosting Homelessness Themed Party

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IU Sorority Apologizes For Hosting Homelessness Themed Party

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April 23, 2013 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Last week was a bad week for the collegiate greek system. After a Maryland sorority sister's email rant filled with vulgar language went viral last week, Friday, the Indiana University Kappa Delta chapter issued an apology for hosting a party with the theme of homelessness.

The Sigma Upsilon chapter of Kappa Delta issued an apology via their Facebook page: We would like to extend our sincere apologies to those we have offended with the inappropriately themed event in which some of our chapter members participated. We recognize that our actions and language were demeaning to the individuals who make up the homeless population and offensive to those who serve as homeless advocates and many others. We are truly sorry. We will be working with our national office and local volunteers to provide sensitivity training and community service opportunities for our members.

In a release posted to the chapter's website, Heidi Roy, Director of Communications for the national organization wrote:

National and local leaders of Kappa Delta Sorority were recently made aware of an inappropriate event theme that perpetuated insensitivity toward the homeless community. Kappa Delta does not condone these actions or any language that demeans an individual or group. We continue to investigate and will respond accordingly.

Kappa Delta Sorority recognizes that a swift and comprehensive response is necessary. We will work with chapter officers, chapter advisors and leaders in the community who serve the homeless population to develop educational programming and provide community service opportunities for the chapter.

Kappa Delta expects its members to live the values espoused by the national organization and holds its chapters accountable for actions that do not align with its national standards. Kappa Delta's resolution on human dignity, adopted at the 1987 National Convention, states: "Kappa Delta Sorority recognizes the respect and dignity that all men and women should be accorded and therefore disassociates itself from any activity or event that encourages or permits actions that may be construed as demeaning to any individual."

Chapter president, Aubrey McMahon, posted the following apology on the website on the same day that the national organization issued the above statement:

On behalf of the Sigma Upsilon chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority at IU, I want to express my sincere apology to the campus community and public for the actions of our chapter at a social event this week that made light of those who are homeless. Our choice was a poor one. We know that it was not acceptable and does not align with our values.

We are addressing the situation with our members and working with our national organization, local advisors and representatives from campus organizations to carry out an action plan that includes sensitivity training and community service among other consequences. We are taking this situation very seriously and are truly sorry for our offensive behavior and the impact we've had on the homeless population, those who serve the homeless and others in our community.




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