Beating of Black Cornell University Student Being Investigated as Possible Hate Crime

Police in Ithaca New York have charged a man with assault and are investigating a possible hate crime after he allegedly punched a black Cornell student while shouting'f*** you

Cornell President Martha Pollack said the university is conducting its own investigation and that steps are being taken to make the college "a more equitable, inclusive and welcoming university".

The student who was assaulted told The New York Timeshe returned home to find a group of students arguing with a housemate outside.

Court documents obtained by NewsChannel 9 on Wednesday describe moments that lead up to an alleged assault in Ithaca that police say was "racially motivated".

According to the Cornell Sun, police arrested 19-year-old John Greenwood on a third-degree assault charge after he and some of his friends attacked a black student and yelled racial epithets at him. Allegedly, the clip is a prequel to the violence that left one Cornell student in the Cayuga Medical Center and with a possible concussion, the Sun said.

Greenwood's attorney, meanwhile, tells the Cornell Sun that his client wasn't involved in a physical altercation of any kind.

Following Friday's incident, the fraternity said, "Racism and hate has no place in Psi Upsilon and will not be tolerated".

"To be clear, the use of the n word [sic], and any related racist or derogatory language, is completely unacceptable not only at Cornell but anywhere in America", Schlather wrote in an email. Psi Upsilon said it was cooperating with school officials, and would wait to petition for reinstatement until 2020, after all initiated students would have graduated.

As The Washington Post's Susan Svrluga reported, the suspension came after Wolfgang Ballinger, a former Psi Upsilon president at Cornell, was charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sex act with a helpless victim and sexual misconduct in an incident at the fraternity house.

The alleged attack follows another racially charged incident at Cornell earlier this month, when at least one student yelled about "building a wall" near the Latino Living Center, shortly after President Donald Trump's announcement to rescind DACA, which gives temporary protection against deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

He added that the "crimes reported on the evening of September 15th are in opposition to these values and have no place in Psi Upsilon Fraternity or at any college campus". Another directs the school's Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils to incorporate diversity training programs during spring recruitment.

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