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UALR restricts activities of 2 Greek organizations as it investigates 'racially insensitive' video

By Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published April 19, 2018 at 12:14 p.m. Updated April 20, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.


The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has restricted the activities of two of its Greek organizations as it investigates a video showing students using racial slurs that was posted online.

Tracy Courage, a university spokeswoman, said the campus Student Service office has been in communication with national chapters of Chi Omega sorority and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

The 14-second video, uploaded Thursday morning to Facebook by a candidate for Student Government Association president, shows people he identifies as members of UALR’s Greek community singing along to a song that uses racial slurs.

In a statement, UALR Chancellor Andrew Rogerson said the "racially insensitive incident" occurred over the weekend.

“There is no place for racial discrimination at UA Little Rock,” he added. “Upon learning about the incident, the university took immediate steps to begin [an] investigation.”

The university’s Chi Omega and Pi Kappa Alpha chapters have been restricted in the interim in their participation of certain campus programs and activities, Rogerson said.

UALR’s chancellor added that the university is “taking this situation very seriously because it violates every principle for which we stand.”

A statement from the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity headquarters noted that the song by Lil Dicky is a parody but said the language used was "inappropriate and disrespectful" nonetheless.

"The Fraternity understands social events and music are a part of student and adult life; however our conduct at all times should be respectful of others," the statement reads.

Chapter leadership will hold the members involved accountable through the judicial process in its by-laws, the fraternity said, adding that it supports UALR's efforts.

The university's Chi Omega chapter said in a statement that it is working with the sorority's executive leadership and UALR officials.

"As a condition of membership, each individual is expected to be respectful of one another and display personal integrity at all times, including on social media," the sorority said.

Staff and administrators from university offices will be made available Friday morning in the campus Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity to speak with concerned students.

Arkansas Online reporter Rachel Herzog contributed to this report.

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TravisBickle says... April 19, 2018 at 12:57 p.m.

Chi O, Chi O, it's off to bed we go!! Just remember, it's only "u" that keeps Pike from being Puke! Such fine upstanding organizations.

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BOLTAR says... April 19, 2018 at 1:57 p.m.

Isn't political correctness merely showing the same respect for other groups that most expect for their own? I don't understand why some people have a problem with the golden rule.

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Packman says... April 19, 2018 at 2:08 p.m.

Was the video shot at the campus Starbucks?

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PopMom says... April 19, 2018 at 3:34 p.m.

Travis,

Really? My grandmother, mother, and sister all were Chi Os. LOL. I refused to go through rush simply because I cannot stand racial discrimination, and the sororities were racially exclusive. (You can imagine what my mother thought of my stance.) I'm not sure why people are surprised when racially exclusive fraternities and sororities utter racist statements. It is heartening to see some of the fraternities become more inclusive of minorities and gays, but I suspect that they are not in Arkansas.

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LRDawg says... April 19, 2018 at 3:40 p.m.

"Politcally correct" is the deplorable term for discrimination. If one wants to be a racist or misogynist they'll use "politically correct" to justify their opinions to those who oppose their views. Nothing is "correct" about using racial slurs....thats just plain wrong. Good job UALR, these deplorables never stepped foot on a college campus. Most can't even think for themselves

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GOHOGS19 says... April 19, 2018 at 3:58 p.m.

singing along to a song that uses racial slurs? wouldn't' that cover about 1/2 of all rap songs? is this really a story??

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Delta123 says... April 19, 2018 at 4:09 p.m.

Tell em Dawg. We must shut down the speech of those with opposing views.

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BOLTAR says... April 19, 2018 at 4:27 p.m.

So exactly what opposing view is being shut down?

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CartoonDude says... April 19, 2018 at 5:54 p.m.

Punished for racial insensitivity? What a bunch of fascist crybabies the school is.

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BOLTAR says... April 19, 2018 at 6:02 p.m.

Fascists are better known for racism (see WWII).

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