Syracuse Suspends Fraternity After Report Of Racial Slur

Sean Adams
November 18, 2019 - 10:23 am

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University has suspended a fraternity and shut down social activities for all other fraternities for the rest of the semester after an African American student reported being called a racial slur.

Chancellor Kent Syverud says the student told officials the slur came from a group of students and visitors on Saturday night.

Syverud said Sunday that some of the students accused of being involved are part of a fraternity, which has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.

"We have identified the individuals we believe to be involved. I assure you, those responsible will face appropriate disciplinary action," Syverud said.

He said even though only one fraternity has been accused of being involved, all fraternity social events would be suspended.

This follows a string of other hateful incidents. Syracuse is already investigating racist and anti-Semitic graffiti found inside a residence hall earlier this month.

Since Wednesday, students have been protesting, sleeping in the lobby of a building on campus.

"I have a deep appreciation of the pain, anger and anxiety recent events have caused on our campus," the chancellor said, adding they are going to extend security shifts, revise the student code and increase diversity training.

State police have been called in to investigate the alleged hate crimes. contributed to this report.