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UF president reprimands frat for racial slur


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GAINESVILLE — A University of Florida fraternity has been reprimanded by the school’s president for what he called a “hateful incident” directed at a black female student.

President Bernie Machen sent a letter Monday to the members of Alpha Tau Omega regarding the Sept. 26 incident.

The Gainesville Sun reports a member of the fraternity jeered at the student as she walked by on the opposite side of the street.

Dean of Students Jen Day Shaw says the woman crossed the street and told the student his behavior was inappropriate. She reported the incident the next day, placing blame on the student, not the fraternity.

The fraternity sent a letter of apology and has suspended the privileges of the member. The fraternity member also apologized to the woman.

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