The University of Mississippi's Faculty
Senate has passed a resolution backing Delta Kappa Epsilon's
nine-month suspension but wants the actions that led up to the
suspension reviewed, officials announced Friday.
The fraternity was suspended after Freshman Jeremiah Taylor, 18,
said he was called a racial slur and was pushed down stairs while
attending a Delta Kappa Epsilon party Aug. 22 on the Oxford campus.
"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 senate asked that the Chancellor's Committee on Sensitivity
and Respect look into the reasons behind the behavior.
Initially the university handed down a one-year suspension Sept.
14 after a university judicial council determined the fraternity
had been guilty of violating five counts of the student code of
conduct. The council found the fraternity guilty of violations of
harassment, assault, disorderly conduct, possession of alcohol and
hosting an unauthorized party and fined it $1,000.
On Sept. 26, Chancellor Robert Khayat upheld but shortened the
suspension to end June 1, 2008, rather than during the fall of
2008, after the frat filed a second appeal.
The shortened suspension will allow the group to participate in
informal recruiting parties some historically white Greek
organizations host next summer.
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, according to a
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 has said. "The penalty is way out of