Syracuse University Suspends Fraternity Activities After Racist Incidents

Greek life at Syracuse University has been suspended. According to, the university has suspended all social activities for fraternities on campus after a string of racist incidents took place. Activities have been suspended for the rest of the fall semester which runs through December 13.

“This report of an affront to our student’s — and our whole community’s — safety and well-being is the latest incident of several against Jews, Asians and African Americans,” said Chancellor Kent Syverud in the statement. “I am deeply angered by these events, including this latest incident.”

Syracuse’s Interfraternity Council also released a statement on the incidents.

“There is no place for intolerance on our campus, and we will work with all proper authorities to ensure that this never happens again,” the statement read. “Our chapters will be attending diversity trainings in the coming weeks and these programs will expand next semester.”

From the report:

Syverud’s decision is in response to a report by an African-American student who says she was “subjected to a verbal racial epithet from a group of students and visitors” on campus near College Place, according to the statement. This investigation marks the sixth such incident involving reports of racist symbols and language on campus in the last 10 days. The school’s Department of Public Safety is offering a $50,000 reward for information that can lead to the arrest or referral of the person responsible.

The fraternity specifically in question for the most recent racial incident was Alpha Chi Rho and it has since been suspended.

“We are disgusted by the language and harassing behavior alleged of a handful of our members and guests of our chapter at Syracuse University,” the fraternity’s national CEO Scott Carlson said in an email to USA TODAY. “The Fraternity is working with the university to investigate and if confirmed will hold any members accountable.”

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