(ORLANDO, Fla.) — The Greek system at the University of Central Florida is the subject of harsh scrutiny after a student claimed a fraternity rejected him because of his sexuality.
George Dumont, 19, said representatives of Beta Theta Pi made it clear he wasn’t going to join because he is gay.
“It nearly broke me, to be honest,” Dumont said. “…I’ve been through a very dark period where, you know, I probably wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for a couple of really close friends.”
The former UCF cheerleader took to social media to bring attention to his case, posting his story to YouTube. Meanwhile, the president of the 70-member chapter responded to the allegations, denying them and explaining that the same time Dumont was rejected, another gay student was initiated.
Mediation talks are planned between the parties involved to resolve the discrimination claim. University spokesperson Chad Binnette said the meetings will involve diversity experts, psychologists, and several department heads.
“The goal is to provide support for students who also many not know where they can turn for help if they feel like they’re a victim or witness of bias,” Binnette said.
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