Vanderbilt suspends organization due to ‘racist, sexist’ party

Posted at 1:50 PM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 14:50:19-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A registered student organization at Vanderbilt has been suspended after a campus event was deemed “racist” and “sexist” by the university.

The suspension was confirmed in a letter from Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer James Page.

“The university was made aware today of a planned campus event – a party to be hosted by a registered student organization – that had a theme and promotional materials that were racist, sexist and blatantly offensive and degrading to African Americans and to women.

This type of activity violates our expectations for respectful engagement by our registered student organizations, and is inconsistent with Vanderbilt’s values of fostering a campus community that is equitable, diverse, inclusive, safe and welcoming to all.”

According to the student newspaper The Vanderbilt Hustler, the controversy was sparked by the concert choir’s end of year party that was themed “Thugs Thots Mugs n Shots.”