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Duke suspends frat that hosted controversial party

Posted February 12, 2013 6:42 p.m. EST

— Duke University has suspended the school's chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, which hosted a party earlier this month that some viewed as racially insensitive.

But Larry Moneta, vice president of student affairs, says the suspension has to do with other issues that are now being investigated and has nothing to do with the party. He would not elaborate.

The future of the university's chapter, he said, will be decided by Duke leaders, with input from the fraternity's parent organization.

Last week, Kappa Sigma suspended the chapter after photos surfaced of party-goers wearing Asian-style clothing, including a conical straw hat, and a party invite with the salutation, "Herro Nice Duke Peopre."

The chapter's president apologized in a written letter to the student newspaper, but the Asian Students Association filed a formal complaint and held a rally, calling on Duke to establish a task force to deal with incidents like the party.