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ASU Revokes Fraternity Chapter After Racist Party

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ASU's Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter is has been revoked after featuring racist stereotypes and offensive costumes during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day party. (Getty Images)

ASU’s Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter is has been revoked after featuring racist stereotypes and offensive costumes during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day party. (Getty Images)

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State University is severing ties with a fraternity after the chapter hosted a distasteful party in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, replete with racist stereotypes and offensive costumes.

The school notified Tau Kappa Epsilon that its recognition as a fraternity chapter at ASU has been permanently revoked.

Revoking recognition means the 65-year-old local chapter is no longer affiliated with ASU, the group won’t be listed on the university’s website and cannot recruit members or hold on-campus meetings.

TKE was placed on probation in 2012 and then suspended for hosting a Jan. 19 party that depicting racial stereotypes drew harsh criticism from civil-rights leaders who demanded the university expel the fraternity.

University officials still are investigating the event and deciding how to handle individual cases of student discipline.

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