Syracuse invented evidence to find fraternity guilty of racial slur after investigation cleared them: lawsuit

Jun 7, 2020 by

Discredited individual allegations resurrected in case against fraternity – and administrative meddling continues.

Not even accuser’s family heard the alleged ‘chanting’

When Syracuse University found Alpha Chi Rho collectively responsible for shouting a racial slur at a black female student, it not only ignored the woman’s family but overruled its own appeals board, according a lawsuit by the fraternity last week.

Dolan Evanovich, senior vice president for enrollment and the student experience, unilaterally decided that “it was more likely than not” that an “informal guest” of AXP, as the fraternity is known, had “used a racial slur” against the black student.

He offered no evidence for this, and the University Appeal Board found “no basis” for Syracuse to hold AXP responsible for a guest’s conduct, whatever may have happened, the suit claims.

The most the investigation could determine, using the preponderance standard, was that the guest said something that “startled or offended” the young woman and “appeared to try to look up” her dress.

The allegations would mean the administration had continually defamed AXP going back to last fall, when Chancellor Kent Syverud said four members had been placed on interim suspension for “a verbal assault.”

Source: Syracuse invented evidence to find fraternity guilty of racial slur after investigation cleared them: lawsuit | The College Fix

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