Florida Closes Fraternity Accused of Insulting Veterans

April 29, 2015

The University of Florida closed its chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity Tuesday over allegations that members insulted and spat on disabled veterans during a spring formal earlier this month at Panama City Beach. The veterans were at the same resort for an annual event called the Warrior Beach Retreat when the fraternity members allegedly began accosting them. Members of Emory University's Zeta Beta Tau chapter were also accused of the behavior, but Emory has not yet punished the fraternity, due to a lack of evidence, the university said. Emory is still investigating the allegations.

"I continue to be saddened and disappointed by the reported mistreatment and disrespect of our military veterans," Kent Fuchs, Florida's president, said in a statement. "Our university has always honored, and will always honor, the service of veterans. The reported conduct of this fraternity contradicts the values of service and respect that are at the center of this university."

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