By Jase Peeples
Originally published on Advocate.com November 01 2013 1:15 PM ET
Morgan State University student Brian Stewart says he was rejected from one of the most prominent fraternities in the U.S. because he’s gay, HLN reports.
According to claims from the 20-year-old Maryland college student, the Kappa Alpha Psi chapter on his campus told him his sexuality made it impossible for him to be considered as a potential fraternity brother, despite the fact that Steward had a long list of accomplishments that made him a prime candidate.
"One of the members of the chapter called me, and he had known that I wanted to be in the chapter, and he was saying the chapter had had a meeting...the current members had decided not to admit any more gay members," Stewart told HLN. "His words were exactly, 'It's going to be impossible for you to join this chapter.'"
Though Stewart to speak with the leader of the chapter to address the issue, he says he was ignored and soon received a rejection letter that not only contained his name misspelled in the text, it wasn’t even signed.
However, it was shortly thereafter that Stewart says he received a screenshot of a text message between frat members using slurs about him and he then decided to take action by voicing his outrage in a letter to the university.
Morgan State quickly replied to Stewart, assuring him that an immediate investigation into his allegations would take place to find if the fraternity failed to comply with the equal opportunity policy of the university in his case.
"Morgan State University prides itself on sustaining an environment that is inclusive and respectful of all members of our community at large," Morgan State Vice President for Student Affairs, Kevin Banks, wrote in a statement. "Recently, it has come to my attention that one of our student organizations allegedly engaged in discriminatory behavior during their membership intake process. The university takes this allegation very seriously and we are reviewing the matter.”
Kappa Alpha Psi has agreed to fully cooperate with the university’s investigation and Stewart hopes speaking out about the way he was discriminated will encourage others to do the same in similar circumstances.
"My hope is that other people will speak up. If they don't, that's fine. But I made up my mind that I was going to speak up," he told HLN. "Not for myself, but for everyone who has gone through this, and I know there have been others."