Fraternity, U of Chicago leaders condemn racist emails

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The University of Chicago and leaders of Alpha Epsilon Pi are condemning emails circulated by members of the fraternity that contained racist language.

According to officials, emails that circulated from 2011 to 2015 contained a racial slur referring to blacks and referred to a female Muslim student as a "terrorist." The emails were obtained by BuzzFeed.

In a message to students Thursday, university vice president Karen Warren Coleman said the sentiments expressed in the emails are "unacceptable."

The fraternity's executive director, Andrew Borans, said as a Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi "is especially sensitive to hate speech and behavior toward any minorities."

On its Facebook page, the University of Chicago chapter expressed sorrow that it "was ever a safe haven for the kind of vitriol you have now all seen."