Cornell Fraternity Suspended After 'Pig Roast' Sex Contest

A Cornell University fraternity has been suspended after an investigation uncovered a cruel game of sexual bets.

As part of its “pig roast” contest, Cornell’s Zeta Beta Tau’s chapter at the Ivy League school rewarded members for sleeping with the heaviest women.

"The contest was referred to as a 'pig roast.' In the event of a tie, additional points were awarded to the new member who had had sex with a woman who had weighed the most. The new members were told not to inform the women of the contest," the university said in a statement. 

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Members of the chapter will be on probation for two years, during which they will be subject to reviews, must undertake training programs on sexual violence, participate in events during the university’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week and hire a live-in adviser.

The fraternity said on its Facebook page that it “would like to first and foremost express our mutual disgust along with those who feel hurt or victimized.” It added that it did not know about the contest until December.

The Cornell chapter said it will conduct a review of the incident, and planned to expel some members.

The president of the school’s Interfraternity Council, Paul Russell, told The Cornell Daily Sun that his group is “working to make sure these sorts of incidents don’t become normalized.”

A series of campus scandals have put college fraternities under scrutiny, with critics accusing them of fostering a culture of misogyny. 

In November, Northwestern University suspended a fraternity chapter and ordered another to cease operations after reports emerged of sexual assaults and druggings on campus.