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UW fraternity suspended over racial slurs

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Posted at 4:46 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 18:24:09-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin administrators have suspended the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the school’s flagship campus, saying members were found to have repeatedly used racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs and ostracized a black student who tried to stop it.

The university’s Committee on Student Organizations banned the fraternity from all Greek activities through Nov. 1 and won’t allow it to recruit this fall.

University documents say a former fraternity member came forward with allegations about the slurs and accused a fraternity member of assaulting him. School officials say the fraternity member was disciplined as a result. The chapter had already been on probation for an unrelated incident of underage drinking.

SAE disbanded its University of Oklahoma chapter last year after video emerged showing members engaging in a racist chant. The fraternity’s Evanston, Illinois-based national leadership hired a director of diversity and inclusion months later.

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