By LINCOLN DAVIDSON
Davidson College is investigating reports of “racist and homophobic/anti-gay epithets directed at some members of the Davidson community” at the Kappa Alpha fraternity house during rush week in mid January.
Davidson president Carol Quillen described the incident in an email to students, faculty and staff on Thursday afternoon. The email said the college had received “multiple reports,” but offered few details.
The incident happened during the spring fraternity rush, the week of Jan. 13, at the college’s Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order. It wasn’t clear if the comments came from people on campus or outsiders.
“This is an affront to our values and a violation of the college’s Code of Responsibility,” President Quillen said in her email.
She urged college community members to come forward with information relating to that or any related incidents. The email included a link to an online form for anonymous reports of “hate crimes and bias incidents.”
“The investigation into the incidents continues,” the president wrote. “Be assured that there will be individual and organizational accountability.”
President Quillen closed her email by reminding students of the individuals and departments available for counseling, advising, and feedback on campus.
CORRECTION: The headline on this article has been revised to refer to the incident as “racist/homophobic speech” not hate speech. Fraternity members point out that it does not fit the federal statute for that term.