Fraternity suspended at University of Missouri


Angry protests are underway at the University of Missouri after reports that black students were called the N-word and other slurs on Tuesday night outside of a predominantly white frat house on campus.

A suspended fraternity can not use university facilities or participate in campus activities such as Homecoming and social events, the university said.

The move came hours after Delta Upsilon's global also suspended the chapter as a result of the alleged incident, which took place at 11:50 p.m. on September 27, according to a statement by the group allegedly targeted, the Legion of Black Collegians.

The Legion statement said that while some officers worked to disband the growing crowd, others "attempted to control members of the Legion" instead of focusing their efforts on people yelling from the fraternity house.

According to a statement from the university's Legion of Black Collegians, a group of white students passed the two women and a member of the group called the women a racial slur.

Some fraternity members then began recording as police arrived. Last year, several racial incidents- including similar slurs and the discovery of a small swastika scrawled in feces in a campus restroom stall- led to massive student protests, which spread to other campuses nationwide.

MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley said in the statement that he was outraged and saddened to hear about the incident. "These obscenities included, but were not limited to, "Mizzou PC, c.ts, b.es, niggers" with a plethora of other micro-aggressions".

"Racism and sexism have no place in our Fraternity and we expect our members to be positive contributors to inclusive campus environments", Kirk said, journalist and Mizzou alum Katherine Knott reported on Twitter.

The university said university police have identified the students involved in Tuesday's incident, and that the Office of Student Conduct and the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX have been notified and "are taking appropriate action".

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"To say that we are disgusted is beyond an understatement", the legion said in the statement. Students found in violation of the MU student code or university non-discrimination policies could face discipline as severe as expulsion. In a statement, he also said that Mizzou is "committed to fostering an inclusive campus environment where all students, faculty, staff and visitors can live, learn, work and feel safe".

The Mizzou Panhellenic Association statement, signed by Amanda Farrer, Panhellenic president, and Cam Patton, Panhellenic vice president of public relations, said racism must be rooted out of the university.

One student waged a hunger strike pending Wolfe's departure, the university's football players refused to practice or play until Wolfe stepped down, and some teachers and students threatened to boycott classes.

The legion declined to make members available for interviews Wednesday morning.

Kevin McDonald, interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity, was meeting with the students affected and had offered support from the university, the release said.

MU Police Maj. Brian Weimer said Wednesday police were investigating all of the events.

Mizzou did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

Tensions continued to rise when the Legion of Black Collegians was targeted with hate speech in October.