COD Rules Slur Incident Occurred; No Blame LaidBy Brian Rosenberg
The Committee on Discipline determined at a May 8 hearing that racial slurs were shouted from a window in Phi Beta Epsilon on March 13. However, the committee "did not have enough evidence to implicate the students who had been charged," according to Dean for Student Affairs Arthur C. Smith.
"I'm happy those people were acquitted -- I knew we were innocent," said Andrew T. J. Luan '93, PBE president.
COD Chair Nelson Y.-S. Kiang was out of the country and could not be reached for comment.
Smith said "there is nothing more to investigate" on the question of who made the remarks. "It still is possible that an individual may come forward" to claim responsibility for the shouts, he said.
Smith said he is "talking to [PBE] about what its responsibilities are and what might happen in the future." He would not say whether any action would be taken against the fraternity as a whole.
Luan said he hopes any further investigation of the incident is "just and will follow due process."
Smith has also met with the students who filed that complaint. At the May 14 meeting, about 100 students gathered outside Smith's office in a rally organized by the Black Student Union. "The purpose was to make [Smith] aware of the feelings we as black people have in regard to the incident. ... Every black person on this campus was offended by the comments made, and we wanted [Smith] to know that," explained Rondell L. Milton '93, a former co-chair of the BSU.
BSU member Dale L. LeFebvre '93 said PBE took "more responsiblity than was inherent to them as a living group [for the incident]. Since the verdict is that it really happened, they should be sanctioned."
Smith stressed that his handling of the incident is not over. "We're proceeding to try to sort out some of the larger problems of which this incident is a piece, and that process will continue through the summer and fall," he said.
Milton said the BSU plans to "keep pressure on the administration throughout the summer to see that the whole thing doesn't die."