WACO (December 6, 2012)—A photograph of several women wearing sombreros, fake mustaches and holding signs that say “green card” and a second that shows four similarly costumed women scaling a “border wall” that were posted on a Baylor coed’s Facebook page have gone viral and are stirring controversy nationwide.
Baylor University said Thursday it’s investigating.
"We are fully aware of the situation and we are at present investigating it," university spokeswoman Lori Fogelman said.
"We have identified the students in the incident those who were involved in the incident and we are having ongoing conversations with them in the context of our student conduct process," she said.
"We also have learned the function was not organized by a student organization nor was it held on campus."
"Baylor university is an active and inclusive academic community with a very strong Christian tradition and as such we don't tolerate racism of any kind," she said.
The photos were apparently taken in October during a party at a house near the Baylor campus.
Meanwhile in a similar case Penn State President Rodney Erickson sent a campus-wide letter Thursday in which he admonished students who wore costumes and held offensive signs in photographs that were circulated on the Internet.
Erickson said in the letter the school won't pursue disciplinary action because the behavior was protected by free speech rights.
His letter didn't specifically reference the photos or name the Chi Omega sorority, but he said it became clear recently that some students "celebrated Halloween in costumes that offended others" and acted contrary to university values.
One sign in the photo of sorority sisters says "will mow lawn for weed + beer."
Two women holding signs were wearing fake mustaches and others in the photo were wearing sombreros.
The sorority has apologized and Chi Omega's national chapter says it is placing the sorority on probation.