BALTIMORE - Morgan State University senior Brian Stewart says he was shocked when he received a rejection letter from Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
"I was awestricken. And not only was I disappointed and hurt by the decision, I was more hurt by the reason behind the decision," Stewart said.
The business administration major says he was denied because he's gay.
"I had heard stuff about them calling me derogatory names, considering my sexuality as a factor," he said. "I had gotten calls from within the chapter telling me that it's going to be impossible for me to join."
That didn't stop Stewart from trying. He's involved in a long list of organizations within the university, and says after his interview with fraternity members, he felt confident he'd be accepted.
"I was hurt. I couldn't even be angry because I was so hurt," Stewart said.
He filed a formal complaint several weeks after his rejection letter, saying he's been the target of discrimination. He says the complaint is not an effort to be accepted into the fraternity, but instead an opportunity to send a message.
"I just want to make people aware of my experience. I'm not forward thinking or having a master plan of what I want. I just want to make people aware – this is what happened to me, and not only that, it's happened to other people," he said.
Morgan State University officials began investigating the complaint on Friday and so far, they don't have a timeline on when they expect the investigation to wrap up.
The fraternity tells ABC2 News in part, they will cooperate fully with the university to ensure and confirm chapter compliance with all policies and principles.
A Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity member says each applicant goes through a democratic voting process; they say if the aspirant gets the majority of the votes, they are accepted.
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