Saturday, October 13, 2007

Ole Miss Dekes Get Suspension and Fines

Faculty Senate at Ole Miss backs fraternity's suspension
Resolution urges look into on-campus social segregation

The Faculty Senate of the University of Mississippi approved a resolution supporting the university's nine-month suspension of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

In August, a black student accused the fraternity of calling him by a racial slur, pushing him and telling him to leave.

The Faculty Senate announced the decision on Friday.

The senate also recommended that the Chancellor's Committee on Sensitivity and Respect look into the reasons behind the behavior.

"We are concerned about persistent patterns of social segregation by race at the University of Mississippi, particularly among student organizations," the senate wrote in its resolution.
The fraternity had appealed its original one-year suspension to Chancellor Robert Khayat's office.

The fraternity is not allowed to meet or recruit during the suspension.

The shortened suspension will allow the group to participate in informal recruiting parties some historically white Greek organizations host next summer.

After two days of Judicial Council hearings, the university announced on Sept. 14 that the fraternity had violated the school's student code of conduct and was responsible for harassment, disorderly conduct, possession of alcohol, hosting an unauthorized party and assault.

But not inducting a class this year could cost the DKEs $50,000 in local and national dues over the next four years, David Easlick Jr., executive director of the fraternity's national office in Ann Arbor, Mich., has previously said.

He said the suspension violates the constitutional rights to gather and have free speech for the entire fraternity. He said the fraternity's more than 65 members are being punished for a party that only 15 to 20 attended.

"At most, one or two people said something inappropriate, including the claimant," he said in a previous article. "The penalty is way out of whack