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USM students on probation after blackface incident

3 years ago November 14, 2011 Nov 14, 2011 Monday, November 14 2011 Monday, November 14, 2011 2:00:54 PM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A sorority at the University of Southern Mississippi has placed six members on probation for dressing in blackface to depict the Huxtable family from "The Cosby Show" and attending a 1980s-themed, off-campus costume party this past week.

The university and the sorority confirmed the incident Monday in statements released through USM.

The students, all members of Phi Mu sorority, have not been identified.

Joe Paul, vice president of student affairs, says the executive officers of Phi Mu and the women involved met Sunday with a group of USM African-American student leaders.

Phi Mu National President Kris Bridges says the incident is being investigated and there could be more disciplinary action.

She says the local the chapter will sponsor a campus-wide program on diversity appreciation.

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