A member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at the University of Florida was accused of yelling racial slurs and inappropriate sexual remarks to a Black women student. The member reportedly harassed the woman from the front porch of the fraternity house as she walked past on the opposite side of the street. Several other fraternity members were present but only one member voiced objection to the behavior, according to a university spokesperson.
The fraternity issued a statement apologizing for the incident and said it had suspended the privileges and was reviewing the membership status of the offending member.
Bernie Machen, the president of the University of Florida, wrote a letter to the fraternity which read in part: “We have worked extremely hard to build an inclusive and welcoming environment at the University of Florida, where we value individuals of all colors, ethnicities and backgrounds. I am disappointed and ashamed that members of an organization aimed at creating the leaders of tomorrow exhibited this kind of ignorance, hateful behavior, and complacency.”