A fraternity at the University of Missouri at Columbia was suspended Wednesday after its members were accused of using gendered and racial slurs against two black women, according to a statement from the university’s Legion of Black Collegians. Missouri's chapter of Delta Upsilon was “placed on emergency suspension” by its national organization. Students and faculty gathered in the Student Center midday to demonstrate and to denounce the incident.
“We have zero tolerance for actions like this; if any student is found in violation of the Student Code and/or the university’s nondiscrimination policies, they will be subject to discipline, up to and including suspension and/or expulsion,” Hank Foley, the university's interim chancellor, said in a statement released Wednesday.
This is one of a slew of recent racist episodes across U.S. campuses, and Missouri is no stranger to racial controversy. Nearly one year ago, a similar incident occurred: racial slurs were directed at members of the black student legion as they rehearsed for homecoming, and in November, University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned after protests roiled the campus.
The Delta Upsilon chapter has been cited for alcohol violations since the beginning of the semester, according to a news release from the university.
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