UA investigates fight at Delta Chi fraternity house

Katherine Martin

Early Saturday night a fight occurred at the Delta Chi fraternity house between members of the fraternity and three black Alabama A&M University students who were invited to the house by a fraternity member, according to an email from University President Robert Witt.

The University of Alabama Police Department continues to investigate the situation, according to the email. Delta Chi has been issued a Student Non-Academic Misconduct citation, which is issued when a University Police Officer believes students may have violated the Code of Student Conduct.

Trent Smith, president of Delta Chi, said members of the fraternity and alumni were shocked to read about the incident in Witt’s email and the inference that fraternity members used racial slurs. Delta Chi is conducting an investigation into the allegations racial slurs were used.

Smith said at approximately 2:30 a.m., four males, three black, one white, entered the fraternity house uninvited and were asked to leave after one of the four became disruptive.

One or more of the individuals threw a planter through a window of the house and damaged the windows and front door, he said.

“Delta Chi condemns the use of any language that is disrespectful to any other person, and particularly does not condone the use of racial slurs,” Smith said in a statement. “Delta Chi supports the University’s zero tolerance policy against racially offensive language and supports the use of the highest and best standards of respect and civility by all members of Delta Chi.”

UA Spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said she is not aware of any injuries, and that she is not aware of any firearms being involved.

In addition, all activities for the fraternity have been suspended until Judicial Affairs has completed a hearing of the incident.

Delta Chi has filed a criminal mischief report for destruction of property at the fraternity house, according to the email.

“I am extremely disappointed that racially offensive language has once again been used on our campus,” Witt said in the email. “As an institution, through actions and conversations, we are working diligently to make sure we create and maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.”

Witt went on to say that he cannot emphasize enough that efforts need to be supported and reaffirmed through individual decisions.

Adrienne McCollum, president of the Social Work Association for Cultural Awareness, said she has met with Witt and Executive Vice President and Provost Judy Bonner to discuss concerns with previous emails dealing with racial incidents.

McCollum said she was happy with the email that was sent to students Saturday morning because of the details included.

“I think they did a really good job of letting us know what happened and what they’re doing about it,” she said.

As more details emerge regarding the event, check future issues of The Crimson White for more information.