EUGENE, Ore. (KOIN) – The University of Oregon is investigating a situation at Shasta Lake in northern California, which went gone viral on Facebook Monday.
Facebook user Jennifer Vick Cox posted a series of photos showing a mess of tents, sleeping bags, bottles and other garbage left behind at Shasta Lake’s Slaughterhouse Island. The Facebook post has been shared more than 25,000 times so far.
The pictures show several University of Oregon branded items as well as one cooler with Greek letters Lambda Chi Alpha, a fraternity at the UO. Trips to the Shasta area are popular with West Coast university students in the spring.
Robin Holmes, University of Oregon’s Vice President for Student Life, released a statement Monday in response to the incident.
“The manner in which the Shasta-Trinity forest area was left is disgraceful,” Holmes wrote.
The Shasta Sheriff’s department said whenever there are college students around they have extra boats on patrol, and that normally it’s just party stuff that gets left around.
Sheriff’s deputies said they usually get Oregon State students on Mother’s Day weekend and mostly UO students the weekend before Memorial Day.
Holmes’ statement also said the university is investigating and will take action when they learn who is responsible.
Lambda Chi Alpha’s UO chapter, Zeta Omicron Zeta is on disciplinary probation until June 15, 2016 according to the UO’s Fraternity and Sorority Life page.
“One opportunity we see is we’re possibly going to send a crew down to be a cleanup crew as well as other community service projects in the Shasta area as well as donating and fundraising for the Wildlife Nature Reserve there,” said Evan Anderson, UO inter-fraternity council president.
Holmes said they do no yet know who is responsible.