Kappa Sigma suspended on Duke University campus

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DURHAM, N.C. (WRAL/CNN) - A Duke University fraternity has been suspended after complaints about an Asian-themed party last week.

On Friday, the Kappa Sigma fraternity hosted a party, originally called "Asia Prime."

Some students complained, so two days before the event, the fraternity changed the party theme to "International Relations."

Pictures posted online show people dressed in Asian-style clothing and sumo costumes.

Wednesday 200 students rallied on campus, calling for an apology. They also want each fraternity member to participate in a community social justice project.

"Humor at the expense of others is not humor and entertainment at the expense of others is not entertainment," said Larry Moneta, Vice President of Student Affairs.

Duke's chapter president has apologized for the party in the student newspaper.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the Kappa Sigma national office suspended Duke's fraternity charter Wednesday. They must cease all operations for about two weeks, until an investigation is complete.

The paper reports the National Board of Directors will then decide whether any action should be taken.

This is not the first racial insensitivity controversy at Duke University.

In November, the women's lacrosse coach apologized after a player showed up to black-face to a Halloween party.


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