EDUCATION

Clemson fraternity that held racially insensitive 'Cripmas' party placed on 2-year probation

Clemson University has put the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on probation for two years after the group held a Christmas theme party that raised social tensions at the school.

The "Cripmas" party had students dressed like gang members, wearing red and blue bandanas and T-shirts with images of the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

Pictures were posted on social media, causing backlash as black students said Clemson didn't do enough to promote racial tolerance. About 6 percent of Clemson's students are black.

Clemson says the fraternity violated alcohol rules and student conduct codes. It will be on probation until February 2017.

A Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma was disbanded after members were taped singing a racist song.

The national organization didn't respond to messages seeking comment.