Fraternity suspends Georgetown chapter after racial allegations

jwarren@herald-leader.comFebruary 13, 2011 

A spokesman for the Kappa Alpha Order said Saturday night that the fraternity's national organization has suspended its Georgetown College chapter pending investigations into alleged racial slurs by fraternity members against a minority student.

Spokesman Jesse Lyons said in an e-mail statement that Kappa Alpha national officials have questioned members of the Georgetown chapter, and so far have found no proof such conduct occurred.

Lyons said KA has offered to assist Georgetown College in its own investigation into the alleged threats earlier this month against Tevin Lloyd, a freshman from Texas.

"It is important to note a school official is quoted as saying the school also has not been able to identify a person or organization responsible," Lyons said.

"This is a very serious allegation and the Kappa Alpha Order will not tolerate, nor condone, any form of behavior from its members which is demeaning, abusive or harassing to any person."

Lloyd told WLEX-TV that KA members yelled racial slurs at him about a week and half ago as he and other members of the President's House Association where holding their annual Boxer Run on campus.

During the event, association members run through the campus in their boxer shorts and yell in front of women's dormitories as a sign of support.

Lloyd told WLEX that fraternity members yelled the "N" word at him and made threats.

Georgetown College President William Crouch also has sent an e-mail to staffers and students saying that "racially insensitive" symbols and "hateful graffiti" have appeared recently in some places on campus, and "hostile remarks" were made in a classroom.

Lyons said that because of "the seriousness of this allegation," the KA national office has suspended the Georgetown chapter "pending the outcome of all investigations."

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