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University of Texas Investigates Fraternity Party

AUSTIN, Texas — A University of Texas fraternity is under investigation after complaints were filed about how Hispanics were portrayed during a weekend party.

The university newspaper, the Daily Texan, reported that guests at Phi Gamma Delta’s soiree wore sombreros, ponchos, construction worker outfits and military gear. The fraternity’s president told the newspaper the party was western-themed and apologized for “any insensitivity that our guests or members may have portrayed.”

Erica Saenz, associate vice president of the division of diversity and community engagement, said the school received nine complaints about the party’s “culture, costumes and construction worker scenario.”

The Office of the Dean of Students is also investigating.

Saenz said parties like the one held by Phi Gamma go against the university’s goal to be “inclusive and welcoming” to all students.

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