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Univ. of Alabama sorority member ousted over picture with racial slur

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A University of Alabama student who allegedly posted a Snapchat using a racial slur has been removed as a member of the university's Chi Omega chapter.

The National Chi Omega Fraternity and the University of Alabama investigated after the photo made the rounds on social media.

The photo was allegedly posted by a Chi Omega member on Saturday afternoon following bid day.

It shows three white women with a racial slur in the caption, "Chi O got NO n-----!!!!!!"

According to Chi Omega, officials say the organization actually pledged two black women.

University of Alabama students reacted to seeing the photo.

"I got an email this morning about how awful and dumb and stupid it is," Paige Riggs said. "I'm glad they're in trouble."

"It's not a racial campus," Brandi Norwood said. "But a post like that can seem like they are."

FOX6 News is told that the university could bring down some of its own sanctions against the woman who allegedly posted the picture.

Chi Omega's headquarters says the original Snapchat image was altered, but the offensive word was used in both the original image and the altered image.

The University of Alabama gave this response when asked about the authenticity of the post:

"The office of Student Conduct is investigating the incident to determine whether there have been violations of the Code of Student Conduct."

University of Alabama President Dr. Judy Bonner released this statement on the incident:

"As many of you already know, one of our students posted a photo on Snap Chat on Saturday afternoon that included particularly offensive racial language. I immediately asked the Office of Student Conduct to conduct a full investigation and was assured by the national Chi Omega headquarters that they had already begun an investigation of their own. There will be appropriate University consequences once our investigation is completed. These consequences will be in addition to any sanctions Chi Omega's national officers decide to impose.

We are all extremely disappointed when any student uses language that is disrespectful or offensive to any segment of the UA community. We are especially sad that this incident occurred on a day that was an exciting and happy one for the young women who participated in fall recruitment.

Behavior, actions and choices that disparage other students are particularly reprehensible and do not represent the values or meet the expectations of our University community. UA and the members of our Panhellenic sororities took great strides forward on bid day by pledging a diverse group of young women that included 21 African American members. The results of bid day and the dedication of hundreds of students, employees and alumni who worked extremely hard this past year to achieve the important and significant milestones UA reached on bid day cannot and should not be dismissed or minimized.

I want to assure you that The University of Alabama will not allow this incident to interrupt our progress. We will continue to work diligently and with a renewed commitment to make sure that UA is a welcoming and inclusive campus every day of the week."

The National Chi Omega Fraternity released this statement as well:

"Chi Omega is aware of the image that has been circulating via social media and we have been in communication with The University of Alabama administration. What was expressed is absolutely reprehensible and completely inconsistent with Chi Omega's values and policies. Chi Omega took swift disciplinary action in accordance with the organization's policies and procedures. The woman who took the photo is no longer a member of the chapter.

Chi Omega embraces women from all walks of life, who come together to form a network of friends with high standards and similar values. The Chi Omega chapter at the University of Alabama pledged a diverse group of young women, which included several new members who self-identified as minorities, including two African-American women."

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