University president: 'Hateful' email didn't violate policy

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Posted: Apr 02, 2015 6:54 AM

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland's president says a student's racist and sexist email to fraternity brothers was "hateful and reprehensible," but it's protected by the First Amendment and doesn't violate school policies.

President Wallace Loh announced the results of a probe Wednesday, noting that investigators didn't find subsequent conduct that raised safety concerns.

Loh's letter includes an apology from the student, who already agreed to leave campus for the semester. Loh says the student offered to undergo diversity and cultural competence training and perform community service.

In the 2014 email that surfaced last month, the student tells six recipients to ban certain ethnic groups from fraternity parties using racial slurs and sexually aggressive language. The author also denounces consent for sexual activity.

Kappa Sigma fraternity says it suspended the student.