Memphis Fraternity Being Investigated

Memphis (AP) -- A University of Memphis fraternity, already involved in disciplinary hearings because of fighting, now is being investigated for possible racism.

Freshman Marshall Simpson resigned from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter on Friday after saying other members harassed him because his girlfriend is a black student.

Simpson is from Brighton in Tipton County. His girlfriend is Biancha Darden, a junior from Clarksville.

Simpson said when he brought Darden to the chapter house, some other members made inappropriate comments to her. Darden says it got worse in days that followed, with his fraternity brothers referring to Darden using a racial slur and asking him why he was dating her.

Dean of Students William Porter says an investigation began Monday. National SAE spokesman Brandon Weghorst says the fraternity is also investigating its U of M chapter. The local chapter declined comment.

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