UT-Knoxville says sorority member was caught on camera using racial slur

Student suspended from UT sorority

KNOXVILLE, TN (WMC) - The University of Tennessee - Knoxville released a statement Friday after learning a student was caught on camera using a racial slur.

According to the statement, video of the student using the “n-word” was posted to social media. The university says they learned of the incident last Thursday.

“The racism displayed in this video does not belong on Rocky Top and does not represent our community’s values of civility and inclusion,” reads the statement, which says the student is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

The Dean of Students and the Office of Sorority and Fraternity are in touch with the sorority locally and Alpha Chi Omega’s national headquarters.

It’s not clear if the student is being punished by the university. UT Knoxville says federal law prohibits them from sharing how they handle matters with individual students, but the UT-Knoxville chapter of Alpha Chi Omega tweeted Thursday afternoon that the student was suspended immediately.

“Our chapter and this entire campus should be able to expect far more from our members,” reads the tweet.

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