The University of Maryland has opened an investigation into a racist and misogynist email allegedly sent by a member of the school’s Kappa Sigma fraternity last year, the Washington Post reported Friday.
The fraternity member allegedly sent the email, which belittled racial minorities as well as sexual consent, in January 2014, but it only recently came to the university’s attention, the Post reported.
On Friday, The Huffington Post published what it said was the alleged text of the email:
Regardless of the rush shirt let’s get rachet as f*** during rush week. My d**k will be sucked and f***ed in compound basement whether you guys like it or not. Don’t invite any n****r gals or curry monsters or slanted eye chinks, unless they’re hot. Ziggy you’re [sic] girl can come she’s cool. Remember my n***as, erect, assert, and insert, and above all else, f*** consent … d**ks untouched.
University President Wallace Loh said in a statement Thursday that campus authorities had learned of the “reprehensible” message on March 10:
We immediately met with the individual involved and a University investigation is currently underway, led by the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct. We are in contact with the University chapter of Kappa Sigma and they have taken swift and decisive action in this matter. At their request, the University has committed to provide educational training on diversity and respect for the entire fraternity. The University of Maryland remains committed to our core values of respect for human dignity, diversity, and inclusiveness. We are deeply saddened by the impact this email is having on our community.
“The utter disregard for decency, the racist invective, the mindless disparaging of sexual consent, has left me angry and profoundly saddened,” Loh added on Friday in a post on Twitter.
The national Kappa Sigma fraternity on Friday said the individual who allegedly wrote the email was a member of Maryland’s chapter at the time. The fraternity said in a statement:
Upon learning of the email, the individual was immediately suspended, pending an investigation. The individual subsequently submitted a letter of resignation from Kappa Sigma. The undergraduate chapter at the University of Maryland is also presently engaging in proceedings to formally expel the individual from Kappa Sigma. The language and views expressed in the email were inexcusable and are in stark contrast to the values of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.