CLINTON, S.C. (WSPA) – Four students have been expelled and a fraternity has been removed following an investigation into an incident that happened at a women’s lacrosse game at Presbyterian College in February.

School leaders said on February 11, a group yelled racist remarks at the Howard University women’s lacrosse team.

During the investigation, 31 people were interviewed including witnesses from PC and Howard University along with 11 alleged offenders.

Based on the evidence, a small number of students taunted members of the visiting Howard University women’s lacrosse team during pre-game warmups using racist, misogynistic, hateful, and otherwise inappropriate language and behaviors.

The evidence also revealed that some nearby students and staff took immediate, proactive measures to address the behaviors.

Presbyterian College has taken the following actions as a direct result of the incident and investigation:

  • Permanently separating four students from the college, effective May 5, 2022.
  • One student received a one-year suspension from PC.
  • Two students received probated suspensions and must complete educational programs and counseling.
  • Two students received penalties for alcohol-related policy violations.
  • PC determined that two students were not involved in any misconduct.

On Friday, some students said they were relieved to know students involved had been disciplined.

“We’re glad to see that finally something was actually done and that the right steps were taken to make sure that hopefully that sets a good precedent so nothing like that ever happens again,” said student Benjamin Bayles.

Additionally, some members of PC’s chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity participated in the Feb. 11 incident. Based on the fraternity’s involvement in the incident, PC has permanently removed the chapter from campus and eliminated any possibility of its reestablishment.

Presbyterian College released this statement following the investigation:

We are profoundly sorry for what our guests from Howard University experienced that day. Our hearts are heavy for them and for women and people of color throughout the PC community, many of whom felt less safe because of the actions of a select few. Standing together as a unified community, PC categorically condemns racism, misogyny, and hate, all of which have no place in civilized society and are anathema to our most deeply held institutional values.

On Friday, the Pi Kappa Phi National Office released this statement condemning students involved in incident and investigation:

On behalf of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, we express our sincerest apologies for some of our student members’ abhorrent, unacceptable behavior at a college athletic event at Presbyterian College. We do not know these students’ identities, and we have asked the college for their names so we can pursue individual charges under our conduct process. Hate and intolerance have no place in our fraternity or society. We applaud the College’s action to discipline these students, and we intend to do the same. To be clear, the national fraternity immediately closed the chapter for hazing. When we learned of the hazing violation, we promptly reported it to the college and quickly moved to discipline the chapter. The individuals’ behavior took place while the chapter was on interim suspension of all activities. We cooperated and collaborated with the college every step of the way where allowed. Regretfully, we were not included in its discipline process. Pi Kappa Phi has a long, distinguished history at the College since the chapter’s founding on March 6, 1907, with many prominent student and alumni graduates. While the current student members did not live up to our values, we look forward to the time when a return to campus may be appropriate.

Pi Kappa Phi National Office