The Clemson University chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has suspended all fraternity activity and several of its officers have resigned following a "Cripmas" party where students dressed up as gang members. The party was condemned by the university and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon national office, the Greenville News reported, and black students took to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to voice their anger. Students who attended the party also used social media to share photographs from the event.
In a statement Sunday, Jim Clements, Clemson's president, said the party "raised more concerns" about an already troublesome climate on campus. "At a time of year when our thoughts are turning to family, holidays and the start of a new year — all the things that unite us and bring us joy — it is discouraging that so many events and issues are causing division and hurt, and making many students feel unwanted at this great university," he said.
Last week, Clemson replaced its vice president of student affairs amid rising tensions between fraternities and the administration.
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