After receiving reports that members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity disrespected veterans during a spring formal in Panama City Beach over spring break, the University of Florida has decided to close the frat immediately.
Veterans attending a weekend retreat at the same resort as the members of the frat said they were spit on, had their spouses verbally assaulted and that members even urinated on an American flag.
“I continue to be saddened and disappointed by the reported mistreatment and disrespect of our military veterans,” UF President Kent Fuchs said.
“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.”
The University of Florida and ZBT are continuing to investigate the incident to fully understand what happened at the resort.
ZBT Fraternity International President Matthew J. Rubins also spoke out about the allegations.
“We are absolutely disgusted by the accusations that have been made regarding the behavior of members of this chapter. ZBT has a long history of serving our country, with brothers currently serving in all ranks of the military,” Rubins said. “ZBT will work diligently to demonstrate that the alleged behavior of a few does not represent the values of the many.”