Syracuse University suspends all fraternity activities amid spate of racist, anti-Semitic incidents

SYRACUSE (1010 WINS) – Syracuse University has suspended a fraternity—and ceased all fraternity activities—after a string of racist and anti-Semitic incidents in recent days.

Fraternity activities will be suspended through the end of the semester after fraternity members and some of their guests were seen directing racist language at a black woman on Saturday. Officials said evidence gathered from an investigation—including security camera video—backed up a student's account of the incident.

The fraternity involved wasn't named.

“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,” Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement Sunday. “While only one fraternity may have been involved in this particular incident, given recent history, all fraternities must come together with the University community to reflect upon how to prevent recurrence of such seriously troubling behavior.”

There have been protests about several other incidents over the past week, including a swastika that was scrawled in the snow outside Walnut, an apartment building where students live.

Racial slurs targeting black and Asian people were also found in the bathrooms of Day Hall. More graffiti targeting Asian students was found at Haven Hall, and an Asian student says he was called a slur while leaving a campus building.

“When these hateful incidents at Day Hall, the physics building and on Walnut produce dangerous and hostile environments, it’s the responsibility of our university and our community to step up. I’m stepping up,” Syverud said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the hateful language would be investigated by the state’s Hate Crimes Task Force.

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