The Methodist University of North Carolina has suspended Alpha Delta Pi following outrage over a racist incident involving a sisterhood member criticizing the appearance of black soccer players.
The school said in a statement Tuesday that the sorority has been suspended indefinitely, pending an investigation.
“We believe in action and we act. Last week we immediately launched a full investigation into a reported incident. This week the hearing process is already underway. We will complete the hearing process as soon as possible while following our established protocols, ”the university said.
“Alpha Delta Pi has been ordered to cease and desist from all activities.”
The incident in question happened last week when a member of the sorority rated photos of black players from last year’s soccer team during a PowerPoint presentation, according to the NBC affiliate. WRAL-TV from Raleigh. The sorority member pointed out features she found unattractive such as dreadlocks, noses and lips, the outlet reported.
A photo of the sorority member standing next to a slide presentation featuring images of soccer players was posted on social media, drawing sharp criticism.
“I don’t see why something like this is funny. I don’t see how funny it is,” Ja-Quez Harrell, student and former football player, told WRAL.
The university said it couldn’t comment on any possible case involving a student, but diversity director Quincy Malloy said the school does not tolerate racism.
“We abhor racism in all its forms on campus, and we immediately investigate all possible incidents of racism and act appropriately as the facts warrant,” Malloy said in a statement.
President Stanley Wearden said he found the incidents of racism “deeply offensive”.
“I am determined and determined to make this campus a safe and welcoming space for everyone, and I will continue to work for truth, virtue, justice and love at MU,” he said. “I deeply believe in these principles and I will not rest until they are a reality for everyone on our campus.”
The school, located in Fayetteville, is a private university with about 2,300 total enrollments, according to the school’s website. More than a third of students identify as students of color, officials told WRAL.
The national chapter of Alpha Delta Pi said the incident happened during a fellowship event. The member responsible for making the comment has also been suspended and his continued participation is being assessed, pending an investigation, the sorority said.
The school chapter apologized on the national sorority’s Twitter account.
“We extend our sincere apologies to the Methodist football team, the student body, the Sisters of Color in our chapter, the faculty and staff of the university, as well as the alumni of the university regarding the Racist comments that took place at our event on September 14, 2021. You missed us. , we failed the oath we took to Alpha Delta Pi, and we failed ourselves, ”the statement read.
“We first failed when one of our members made racist comments. It is deeply disturbing to realize that we have not created the kind of chapter culture where racial jokes would not be welcome. we failed our values and our community by not speaking to stop it This is spectator behavior, and we are deeply embarrassed that despite better knowledge we did not better.
The sorority said they deserve the suspension and plan to implement diversity, equity and inclusion training “to educate all members and ensure that racism, micro-aggression and discrimination are eradicated of our fraternity “.