Apology Issued, But No UNH Investigation into Sorority Members Who Sang N Word
DURHAM — A sorority is apologizing after a video of several members singing the n word along with the lyrics to a Kanye West song surfaced on social media.
"On behalf of the Sisters of Alpha Phi, please accept our sincere apology for the behaviors exhibited in the video shared on a member’s social media accounts and broadcast on the Facebook page, 'All Eyes on UNH.'"
The sorority is not being investigated as stated on Wednesday by Erika Mantz, UNH's director of Media Relations.
"The university statement suggesting there would be an investigation and possible disciplinary action was not accurate," Mantz said in a statement issued Thursday. "The students have apologized and will play an active role in working to improve our campus culture as we move forward."
The video of the members of Alpha Phi that had been originally posted to Instagram and later to Facebook sparked outrage at the school.
The Facebook group All Eyes on UNH posted the video Tuesday just before noon.
“A member of Alpha Phi Sorority put up this video of girls singing along to Gold Digger by Kanye West on her Instagram story,” the post reads. “The girls sing the n-word without thinking of the implications.
On Thursday, All Eyes on UNH told NH1 they are not going to comment beyond the original post. They did respond to the apology on Facebook lashing out about the lack of an investigation.
"This is an apology letter from UNH Alpha Phi Sorority asking UNH to not investigate the video of the girls singing the n-word. UNH has decided to take the side of Alpha Phi and not the students of color who are most affected by this incident. The Dean of Students told students of color that UNH would be investigating the video. This is another failed promise to students of color at University of New Hampshire."
Alpha Phi did say they are investigating the incident themselves.
"Alpha Phi will continue to investigate this incident and we ask that the University of New Hampshire community respect the confidential nature of our process and the rights of our members to due process," the sorority wrote in it's apology statement.
The sorority's national chapter has not responded to messages left by NH1.