Tech frat members make racial remarks online

Tech frat members make racial remarks online

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Tech's Inter Fraternity council appointed a new president following Kyle Mitchell's resignation Thursday night. Mitchell admits involvement in the racially insensitive conversation posted online. 

 "You are a student all the time and the code of conduct and policies apply all the time and when you take an oath or a leadership role, there is a recognition you are that leader all the time," Carol Sumner, Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion said. 

Mitchell apologized on twitter and called the conversation egregious, disgusting and lacking morality. University administrators have emphasized that this speech does not reflect the values of Texas Tech University. 

 "He is in a student leadership role, as a part of a student organization, that does not necessarily mean that he speaks on behalf of Texas Tech University nor communicates our values," Matt Gregory, Dean of Student Affairs said. 

"The person who speaks officially on behalf of the University is the President," Sumner said. 

In order for the University to expel a student, he or she must have violated the school's "free speech" policies. That includes harassment, discrimination, whether the speech denies access to education or incites violence.

"After a determination of responsibility, which includes a hearing, we could then look at any outcomes or sanctions that might be in play," Gregory said. 

 Administrators said they have met with the fraternity members involved and they are investigating the conversation's severity and impact.

"While the talking is great, we will be doing," Sumner said. 

This could be more than a local issue. Repercussions from the National Greek Association are possible.

"The national association has an opportunity to review what has transpired and how they will address it," Sumner said. 

University leaders are reaching out to minority groups on campus including black and Hispanic students.

"We are absolutely committed to moving beyond this, addressing it and moving beyond," Sumner said. 

Gregory says the content on twitter has hurt many students and there are resources for anyone affected. 

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