The University of Mississippi is investigating the Sigma Chi fraternity after a controversial video of their “Derby Days” event appeared online. Men in the frat made sexist comments towards members of the participating sororities during the “Derby Days” closing ceremony and some of it is captured in the video, reports The Clarion-Ledger.
“Derby Days” is an annual charity initiative, featuring events like a blood drive and a 5K run, that is hosted by the frat. The comments happened during the event’s dance competition where sorority contestants fought for the title of “Derby Days Queen.” In addition to their dances, the contestants were also interviewed publicly by members of Sigma Chi, with the men reportedly asking inappropriate questions like “which Sigma Chi would you go down on?” and whether one contestant’s nickname was “BJ.”
Ole Miss released a statement almost immediately. “The Office of the Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi has been made aware of an incident that reportedly took place on campus Friday evening during a Derby Days event,” reads an official statement posted by the university on Saturday. “If substantiated, the behavior reported at this event clearly violates campus policy and one of the UM community’s core values, which is for our students to show respect and dignity for all.”
Sigma Chai later released their own statement addressing what unfolded during the event:
The university has encouraged anyone with information about the incident to come forward. Watch what happened below: