Penn State University is at the center of controversy again, this time after a photo of students portraying negative, derogatory stereotypes was leaked online.
The picture shows women from the Chi Omega sorority wearing ponchos, sombreros and fake mustaches and holding signs that say "Will mow lawn for weed + beer" and "I don't cut grass, I smoke it."
University officials have put the sorority chapter on probation following the incident, which was being circulated on several social networking sites.
The sorority has apologized for the photo, which was reportedly taken at a Mexican-themed party around Halloween.
"I am disappointed in the choices made by our Nu Gamma Chapter members and we regret any pain caused, " Chi Omega's National President Letitia Fulkerson said in a statement. "We are taking this situation very seriously. Chi Omega does not condone behavior that violates our organization's policy on human dignity."
The sorority's national headquarters is reportedly looking into the matter, as are Penn State officials, who also condemned the photo.
"The Penn State Panhellenic Council recognizes the offensive nature of the photo and is therefore taking the matter very seriously,” the Panhellenic Council executive board said in a statement released this week. “We are addressing the situation immediately with the members of the chapter in conjunction with their national headquarters.”