A risqué picture attributed as picturing some members of the University of Florida Alpha Omicron Pi sorority surfaced on Twitter this week.
The image was tweeted by Old Row, an account that posts Snapchat images submitted by anonymous users, and became widely circulated. The tweet, with the caption “Go Gata,” shows young women exposing either their breasts or buttocks, along with the text: “And with this, the seniors say goodbye to Recruitment forever,” and “UF AOPI.”
Old Row deleted the image from their thread around 3:30 p.m. today.
There is no mention of penalization for nudity or indecent exposure in the Florida Greek Standards Policy, and the sorority’s national website does not cite either in their value or purpose statements.
The Department of Student Activities and Involvement at UF is aware of the photo, according to Jack Causseaux, director of sorority and fraternity affairs.
Causseaux said the department is working with the chapter. He could not confirm if the photo is of the UF chapter, but said “from what we understand, it is.”
Rachel Boison, assistant director of public relations for the sorority’s international office, said via e-mail they are also aware of the photo.
“Alpha Omicron Pi International Fraternity is aware of the photo in question and will continue communication with university officials and local membership regarding the situation,” Boison wrote.
(WUFT News earlier posted a link to a censored copy of the photo, but has removed it after other sites are no longer publicly posting the photo, and the reference for comparison is no longer required.)
In an email response to WUFT regarding the tweet, Old Row stated that they could not confirm if the photo was real, and said the group sometimes get fake photo submissions.
Snapchat is a messaging service that is known for allowing users to set a time limit for others to view their messages before the message is no longer accessible.
This is not the first time a sorority at an SEC school has drawn attention for a Snapchat makings its way onto other social media networks. One sorority sister at the University of Alabama was removed from the university’s Chi Omega chapter after using a racial slur on the service.