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Suspended Ga. Tech fraternity denies racial allegations
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ATLANTA – A suspended Georgia Tech fraternity is fighting back against accusations of racial slurs by its members.

The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is facing a one-year suspension after a female student said three white members leaned out of a window and shouted racial epithets.

"I felt like they looked at my blackness as a joke. It was demoralizing. I felt unsafe,” the student told 11Alive in August.  "Somebody blatantly saying the N-word to me, and being attacked by a group of men -- that's never happened to me before.”

The fraternity says it never happened period. 11Alive News obtained a letter to the dean that states on page 1, "This charge is completely false. The racial slurs were not made. They are a hoax."

Throughout the letter, the fraternity claims the accusations have "no evidence whatsoever.”

The fraternity submitted surveillance videos that, they say, show the accuser walking to her car, not reacting to any alleged abuse, and driving off as normal. They say her statements changed through the process, saying she first claimed to hear the slurs "walking to her parked car", but later, only "once I got into my car.”

Mostly, the letter says, the fraternity members "are honest and truthful students who do not deserve to be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness to satisfy someone else's agenda".

That letter was sent Sept. 28. On Oct. 14, Georgia Tech suspended the chapter for violating the student Code of Conduct.

No one from the fraternity would speak on camera to 11Alive on Thursday, but Phi Delta Theta nationally did comment, saying the Tech chapter would honor the decision. 

Read the letter below (or click here to read the .PDF document)

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