One of the largest fraternities on the Texas Tech campus, Phi Gamma Delta, has been disciplined. It comes after a photograph of a partially nude female Texas Tech student was taken by a man who pledged the fraternity in the fall of 2013.
The University's disciplinary committee issued the suspension. Right now Phi Gamma Delta is under a recruitment ban, meaning they can't accept new members this school year.
It's a big financial hit to the chapter, which gets an estimated $1,500 for each person accepted into the fraternity, a minimum of 35 men per year.
Now, an alumnus of the fraternity is trying to raise $100,000 to help Phi Gamma Delta through this dormant period. To date they have raised $2,800 from four donors.
The letter asking fraternity alumni for financial support states that the man who took the photo was only associated with the fraternity through friends.
It says, "His only association with the Chapter at the time of the incident is that he still maintained some friendships with some members with some members of the Chapter."
The letter says, "It is without dispute, that the photograph was taken by a man who has never been initiated into the Fraternity."
The letter says the incident happened in March 2013 while the student was on Spring Break in Alabama.
"It was taken in Alabama and was disseminated by him to others, including not only FFiji's but also members of other fraternities via the Internet. The chapter in no way whatsoever sanctioned the events in Alabama that were attended by only a few brothers as well as others with no association whatsoever with the Fraternity."
KCBD has contacted Texas Tech about the situation and so far they have no comment.