List of Fraternity and Sorority Incidents Involving Race
By The Associated Press
The University of Oklahoma recently banned the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon and expelled two students after members were caught on video doing a racist chant. Some examples of fraternity and sorority chapters that have gotten into trouble because of racist-tinged events:
— A University of Maryland student resigns from Kappa Sigma fraternity after being suspended after a 2014 e-mail containing racially and sexually suggestive language about black, Indian and Asian women is made public.
— Sigma Alpha Epsilon suspends all activity at Clemson University in December after white students dressed as gang members at a “Cripmas” party.
— Phi Delta Theta fraternity suspends chapter at the University of Pennsylvania for issuing a holiday card with members posing with what it called a Beyonce sex doll.
— Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity suspended at the University of Connecticut after a confrontation with historically black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha in which the sorority members were called racially- and sexually charged epitaphs.
— Lehigh University suspends Sigma Chi fraternity because of vandalism at a student residence hall dedicated to campus diversity.
— Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity suspends its University of Mississippi chapter after three of its members tie a noose around a statue of the school’s first black student, along with an old Georgia flag with a Confederate battle emblem in its design.
— The sorority Chi Omega closes its Penn State chapter, which had been on probation since December 2012 when a photo appearing on the Internet showed members wearing sombreros and fake mustaches and holding offensive signs.
— Arizona State University bans Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity for an offensive party in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day replete with racist stereotypes and offensive costumes.
— University of Florida reprimands Alpha Tau Omega fraternity after a member jeered at a student as she walked by on the opposite side of the street.
— University of Alabama announces that more than 20 minority women have been offered membership in historically all-white sororities in response to allegations of systemic racism.
— Alpha Delta fraternity at Dartmouth College apologizes after throwing a “Bloods and Crips”-themed party.
— Kappa Sigma fraternity suspends its Duke University chapter over a party some claimed was racist after photos surfaced of partygoers in Asian-style clothing.
— Washington University in Saint Louis suspends Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity after pledges are accused of singing racial slurs to African-American students.
— Alpha Tau Omega fraternity cancels its “a border to cross” party, which was supposed to have an obstacle to represent the border between the U.S. and Mexico, after complaints from students.