The University of Wisconsin-Madison‘s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has been suspended after an investigation revealed that chapter members repeatedly use racial, homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs,” according to documents released by the school.
University officials banned the fraternity from all Greek-related activities through November 1, requiring members to take part in diversity training.
The University’s Committee on Student Organizations originally received reports of the allegations from a former fraternity member on March 3, which stated that since 2014, several chapter members engaged in “repeated use of slurs, jokes, and derogatory language directed at racial minorities, religions and sexual orientations.”
The accusations also allege that he was physically attacked by a fellow SAE member in a “racially motivated” assault.
The university released a timeline of the alleged misconduct.
On October 31, 2014, the student claimed that at a Halloween party, “a fellow fraternity member addressed him with a racial slur and choked him for about five seconds until other members intervened,” according to the timeline.
“These types of actions are in direct contradiction to the values SAE purports to uphold, as well, as our institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion here at UW-Madison,” Chancellor Rebecca Blank wrote in a letter to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon national office in Evanston, Illinois.
The chancellor requested a meeting with the national fraternity’s executive director, Blaine Ayers, and the SAE chapter president before lifting the current suspension.
The SAE national headquarters is investigating details of the report, according to a statement they released Wednesday.
“Sigma Alpha Epsilon apologizes for the actions of these former members because they do not represent our mission and values,” the national fraternity said in the statement.