Morgan State University has opened an investigation into a student's allegation that members of a fraternity he wanted to join rejected him because he is gay.
Brian Stewart said he dreamed of joining Morgan's chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and thought members would be impressed by his academic accomplishments — Stewart said he was a White House intern — but he was rejected the day after his interview.
He believes it is because of his sexual orientation, citing social-media messages using an anti-gay slur that someone sent him and told him were between fraternity members.
"I couldn't even be angry because I was so hurt," he said.
Members of the fraternity chapter and the national organization did not respond to requests for comment.
A Morgan State spokesman, Jarrett Carter Sr., said the university opened an investigation into Stewart's allegation after he lodged a complaint last week.
"The university doesn't tolerate or accept any kind of discrimination," Carter said. "It's something that the university takes very very seriously."
Carter said that discrimination — in Greek life or elsewhere — is against university policy and that those found in violation can face disciplinary action after a review by a panel of students, faculty and staff.
Stewart, a 20-year-old senior business major, said he wanted to join Kappa Alpha Psi — Morgan's chapter is called Alpha Iota — because his pastor and mentor from his youth was a member. He said he grew up poor in Annapolis and that his mentor had a major influence on his life.
"What he offered to me, I wanted the ability to offer that to someone else," Stewart said.
Stewart said he is no longer interested in pledging the fraternity but that he filed a complaint because he wanted to raise awareness.
"I didn't know I was going to have no control — that my interview meant nothing, my achievements meant nothing, because they had already made up their minds," Stewart said.