UPDATE: The suspended fraternity is the Xi-Lambda chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon, according to a letter sent to the chapter by the national TKE organization.
The University of Georgia chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon has been suspended after a video of unidentified members using racial slurs went viral. The suspension was first mentioned in a statement issued by the Student Government Association on March 22.
The video featured the unidentified men using racist language and "engaging in behaviors that mock the suffering of enslaved peoples," according to the statement.
The video, which was pulled from a GroupMe chat named “TKE shit,” was posted onto multiple social media sites, including Twitter, Reddit and Facebook, where it quickly gained attention.
We can not let them push this under the rug! pic.twitter.com/11WuKksiyT— Nova💫 (@sukari_xo) March 22, 2019
The Tau Kappa Epsilon national organization sent a letter to the Xi-Lambda chapter at UGA on March 22 notifying the chapter it had been temporarily suspended. According to the letter, the organization received information which "gives reason to believe activities may have occurred within the chapter that ... may create an unsafe environment for the members, candidates, and/or guests of the chapters."
The national Tau Kappa Epsilon organization also issued a statement on its Twitter detailing the organization “does not condone or support any actions by its members that would be defined as racist, discriminatory, and/or offensive."
“Tau Kappa Epsilon is disgusted, appalled and angered by the remarks shown in the video.” Full statement below. pic.twitter.com/CzeY66WqbX— Tau Kappa Epsilon (@TKE_Fraternity) March 22, 2019
The university’s official Twitter account also responded to the video, tweeting that the school condemns racism and that matters of racist or discriminatory conduct are referred to the Equal Opportunity Office.
According to the SGA statement, the university has begun an investigation regarding the students involved in the video.
While under suspension, the chapter must cease all operations, including social activities, candidate activities and events, according to the letter.
This is the second UGA fraternity to be suspended in less than three months. The Red & Black reported earlier this month that Theta Chi had been placed under interim suspension as early as February for unspecified reasons.