The University of Texas at Austin’s Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity — commonly referred to as Fiji – attracted attention from UT students and others after hosting a “border patrol” themed party Feb. 7. Guests reportedly arrived wearing sombreros, ponchos and construction gear.
Fiji president Andrew Campbell says the party was intended to have a Western or Old West theme. He admits “there were elements and dress that were insensitive and inappropriate. We understand why people were and are offended.”
On Feb. 26, Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly ruled that no campus rules were violated at the party.
In response to a question posed via Twitter, the official UT-Austin account said:
@imnothoracio While the behavior doesn’t mirror UT core values, it’s within students’ right to freedom of speech at private off campus event
— UT Austin (@UTAustin) February 27, 2015