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ISU fraternity members expelled from chapter over slurs

Kappa Sigma

The Illinois State University fraternity involved in discriminatory vandalism has expelled some of its members, who recently painted anti-LGBTQ slurs on the houses of other Greek organizations.

In a statement released by the national Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Upsilon Upsilon Chapter called the acts '"disgusting and horrible.'"

"Internal action against these individuals is being taken regarding their membership. Moving forward, we will be proactive in educating our organization to ensure misguided individuals like those involved with this incident will never again have a place in our fraternity, and we will work diligently to regain the trust of the community of Illinois State University, the town of Normal, and the rest of the Greek Community," said the chapter.

In a statement, the executive board of ISU's Interfraternity Council said it is "profoundly apologetic" for the actions of some members of the fraternity.

"We will also work alongside the university and the authorities to address the root causes of these acts. We will create a comprehensive education program for Kappa Sigma to complete. We will recommend a formal outline of sanctions to Student Conduct and Community Responsibilities as we wait for them to complete their investigation," said the council board.

The interfraternity council said it will address the root causes of the vandalism, adding the acts committed "do not align with its values"

ISU's office of student conduct said earlier this week it is investigating. The university and ISU's student PRIDE organization roundly condemned the acts. The school's counseling service and Dean of Students office held a listening session Wednesday for those affected by the incident.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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