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U. of Miss. frat appeals supsension

A University of Mississippi fraternity are asking school officials to re-think their one-year suspension after a student said he was assaulted and called a racial slur at a party.

Freshman Jeremiah Taylor, 18, attended a party at Delta Kappa Epsilon and said he was pushed down the stairs and called the N-word.

"We have filed an appeal that says the evidence doesn't support the penalty. The sanction imposed was not appropriate considering the lack of evidence against the chapter," said David Easlick, executive director of Delta Kappa Epsilon International, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich. http://www.twincities.com/national/ci_6929613

The university judicial council announced the fraternity guilty after listening to 20 witnesses last week. They were found guilty of violations of harassment, assault, disorderly conduct, possession of alcohol and hosting an unauthorized party.

The appeal will be handled "expeditiously," said Jeffrey Alford, associate vice chancellor for university relations.

Taylor filed a complaint on Aug. 24 with the Dean of Students' office, Alford said.

Along with their one-year suspension, the fraternity was fined $1,000 to go towards an alcohol and drug education program fund on campus. Each of the members are required to do 20 hours of community service and participate in a racial sensitivity and alcohol drug abuse program said Alford.