The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college, reports the Associated Press. The decision was made by the national office of the fraternity, based in Richmond, Va., the university said.
The noose and a Confederate flag were placed on the James Meredith statue on the Oxford campus on Feb. 16. Three students, Sigma Phi Epsilon members whose names have not been released, are the subjects of ongoing university disciplinary proceedings, a spokesman said. The FBI also is still investigating. The local district attorney has said state charges won’t be brought because no state laws were broken.