A Black Yale student's complaints that she was turned away at the door of an off-campus frat party on Halloween because of race has not resulted in disciplinary actions against those accused. However, a university administrator is looking to take future actions to ensure that safer spaces to socialize on campus exist to prevent these incidents.
"I'd just like to take a moment to give a shoutout to the member of Yale's SAE chapter who turned away a group of girls from their party last night, explaining that admittance was on a "White Girls Only" basis," Neema Githere wrote on Facebook on Oct. 31. The student said she was rejected last year for the same reasons.
A dean released a statement Wednesday stating that there will be no disciplinary action taken against the frat members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, after an investigation into the incident.
"Although the findings do not provide grounds for the Yale College Dean's Office to pursue formal disciplinary action against any student or group of students, these findings are important to the community, and I would like to share them with you," wrote Dean Jonathan Holloway.
The students that were accused say they never used the words "white girls only" during the event. Additionally students who were inside the party said that there were people of color allowed in earlier on in the night. But as the party began to fill up, those at the door began to restrict who was let in.
The incident — along with comments made by a professor supporting offensive Halloween costumes — sparked protests against racism on the campus in November. Then-faculty member Erika Christakis said that students should not be banned from wearing Halloween costumes such as blackface, Native American headpieces or turbans after the Intercultural Affairs Committee released a statement against them before Halloween. Christakis resigned from Yale this past week.
"Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious, a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?" she wrote. "American universities were once a safe space not only for maturation but also for a certain regressive, or even transgressive, experience; increasingly, it seems, they have become places of censure and prohibition."
Moving forward, Hollaway said he will take further precautions to ensure that socializing on-campus will be a more inclusive experience for all students.
"I will ask both deans to solicit suggestions from students, masters, and residential college deans for hosting more parties on campus and to provide more opportunities to dance and socialize in a variety of environments that are open and welcoming to all Yale College students," he wrote.
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