Randolph-Macon investigating 'racist' party held at fraternity

Published: Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:27 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2013 at 7:31 AM EST
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ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Administrators at Randolph-Macon College are investigating several students and groups who reportedly held and attended a "USA versus Mexico" party this past weekend after photos surfaced showing students dressed like "illegal immigrants" and "border control agents."

Students contacted NBC12 saying they believe the party was racist.

A member of Kappa Alpha, the fraternity that hosted the party, said the party wasn't meant to be offensive.

"It was definitely not meant to be racist whatsoever," said Randolph-Macon sophomore and Kappa Alpha member Mark Heideman.

Students at the party tell NBC12, a drinking game was played where those dressed as "Americans" tried to catch those dressed as "illegal immigrants."

"I think it's racist because we are undereducated as Americans," said Randolph-Macon freshman Tiffany Shipe. "That's what everyone sees when they think of Mexicans. They think of border control and illegal immigrants."

According its website, Randolph-Macon's class of 2017 is 78 percent white and 3 percent Hispanic.

The college released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

Randolph-Macon College does not tolerate any type of discriminatory behavior. The college finds this type of conduct reprehensible and in direct conflict with our values. We are in the process of holding the individuals and groups involved responsible through our judicial process.

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