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GW Student Association Senate votes to ban sorority after racist Snapchat photo goes viral

GW Student Association Senate votes to ban sorority after racist Snapchat photo goes viral (Screenshot/Snapchat)

The George Washington University's Student Association is taking action after a racist Snapchat photo hit social media last week.

The photo that sparked outrage across campus features two Alpha Phi sorority sisters—one holding a banana—with a caption that reads: "I'm 1/16 black."

On Monday night, the Student Senate voted to disband the sorority's chapter on campus.

"I think it's a really good decision since the university is moving forward to combat racism," one GW student told ABC7 News Tuesday.

But the student government's action did not meet with universal approval.

"I think it's an overreaction," said another GW student.

Most students ABC7 asked about the future of Alpha Phi said they had no opinion or simply didn't want to discuss the matter.

On Tuesday night, the front door of the GW chapter of Alpha Phi was papered over.

ABC7's Stephen Tschida reports the Student Senate's action is symbolic and nonbinding.

The future of the sorority house will be determined by GW officials and Alpha Phi's headquarters.

Tschida reports the women involved in the incident have been expelled from the sorority, but not from the university.


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