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UF president reprimands frat for racial slur

Florida University Gators
Posted at 6:20 AM, Oct 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-29 02:22:00-04

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A University of Florida fraternity has been reprimanded by the school's president for what he called a "hateful incident" directed at a black female student.

President Bernie Machen sent a letter on Monday to the members of Alpha Tau Omega regarding the Sept. 26 incident.

The Gainesville Sun ( ) reports a member of the fraternity jeered at the student as she walked by on the opposite side of the street.

Dean of Students Jen Day Shaw says the woman crossed the street and told the student his behavior was inappropriate. She reported the incident the next day, placing blame on the student, not the fraternity.

The fraternity sent a letter of apology and has suspended the privileges of the member. The fraternity member also apologized to the woman.