Cornell University fraternity chapter to close amid racist attack probe


Cornell University fraternity chapter to close amid racist attack probe

At least four student groups at Cornell claimed members of Psi Upsilon were behind the attack - which the fraternity denied. The suspected assailant-a 19-year-old white Cornell student named John Greenwood, according to authorities-was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, but has yet to be charged with a hate crime.

After a black Cornell University student was attacked last week, the president has directed the Greek system on campus to develop new diversity training and will set up a new task force to address campus prejudices.

The frat had been on interim suspension following sexual assault allegations against its president Wolfgang Ballinger, who pleaded not guilty to attempted rape, criminal sex act and sex abuse charges.

The alumni board of the fraternity did not confirm or deny the allegations, but announced on Tuesday immediate plans to close the Cornell-area chapter indefinitely, saying they'd continue their renovations to the building open it for "the use of student organizations at Cornell that are dedicated to promoting a diverse and inclusive student community", the university announced.

Ithaca Attorney Raymond Schlather said he was representing Greenwood and that he "was in no way involved in any physical altercation of any kind". He was hospitalized and treated for a possible concussion and broken nose, according to the Cornell Daily Sun - he had neither. "My client understands this well; such language not only offends his values but does not reflect the person he is". The group of men shouted racial slurs at the student, then punched him in the face repeatedly when he continued to confront them verbally.

"For the vast majority of Cornellians, who abhor these recent events, our community needs your help", she said.