Washington University: SAE Frat Accused of Racism Says Most in Chapter Didn't Participate

Mar 4, 2013 at 5:00 am

The national chapter of a Washington University fraternity accused of conducting a pledge activity that involved racial slurs has weighed in on the accusations with a lengthy statement.

In addition to a offering a formal apology, the headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon note that the "overwhelming majority of the chapter did not participate in this incident."

The statement, sent to Daily RFT late Friday afternoon, comes after the Wash. U. frat made national headlines with rumors that pledges had recited racial slurs as part of a rap prank in front of a group of black students.

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The new statement from the SAE headquarters says:

The chapter brothers who had been in charge of the pledge-education program have been suspended until further notice. In addition, a membership review has been requested to ensure the men are in compliance with fraternity expectations and guidelines.

We have strongly encouraged the chapter to partner with other student groups to help further the mission of Washington University. Sigma Alpha Epsilon will not tolerate actions or behaviors that were displayed during Tuesday's incident. We again apologize for any harm or embarrassment this incident may have caused to anyone. All of our members are expected to act as gentlemen and respect the communities in which they live as reiterated in our creed, "The True Gentleman."

The officials note that advisers have "enforced measures" against the individuals responsible and will continue to monitor the chapter. The frat also says that most in the chapter did not participate -- but adds that "their lack of intervention is disappointing as well."

And the chapter has also issued its own official apology, on view below, that says their actions were "immature."

Wash. U. made headlines last week after news spread online that some SAE pledges had reportedly recited the N word around a group of black students -- as part of a required pledge activity:

The administration has since suspended the frat and has met with student groups to discuss the next steps.

Continue for the full statement from the SAE headquarters.