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Georgetown College reacts to racial allegations

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

After recent racial allegations against Kappa Alpha fraternity on Georgetown College's campus, the president of the college is speaking out.

President William Crouch stated during an assembly Monday afternoon, that the college takes full responsibility for "not being prepared for this situation."

He said that safety is their highest concern on campus.

He stated they continue to investigate but are looking for more people to step forward with what they know, telling students "the truth will set you free."

Georgetown College currently has a minority population of 11.4%, and Crouch said they've worked hard in recent years to create diversity on campus.

He said offensive language, spoken or written, will not be tolerated.

'The K-A's are being held responsible for the display of racially insensitive materials and for conduct that has led us to this place today," said Crouch, "they've been put on probation by the college, that includes required sensitivity training for each and every member, among other things, and the clear realization that any other incident this semester could very well result in their chapter being removed from our campus."

Crouch says the link to the KA's website has been removed from the college website.

The college has also added a new provision to their student handbook, creating punishments for students who use racial slurs.

During his speech he stated he doesn't believe the KA's are the only group responsible for antagonizing the situation, which didn't sit well with the student who made the complaint against them.

That student, Tevin Lloyd, attended this assembly. He did not wish to talk on camera, however stated he does feel the college is holding the fraternity accountable.

Lloyd says he and fellow members of the student group, The President's House Association, recently went on runs through campus in their boxers. Lloyd says on two separate occasions, during their runs, members of Kappa Alpha shoved him, yelled racial slurs, and threatened his life.

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