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Update: Cornell Student Charged in Alleged Racially-Based Attack Apologizes

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(Update, Sept. 21) – Nineteen-year-old John Greenwood, a white Cornell student charged with beating a black student, apologized Thursday for language he’d used during the alleged racially-based attack.  

Greenwood said in a statement that he had been involved in a “verbal exchange” he regretted, and that he’d used language “that was completely unacceptable and inappropriate.”

Previously, Greenwood’s lawyer had said he was not involved in the altercation.

Greenwood is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 27.

(From Sept. 20) – Fraternity Psi Upsilon has closed its Cornell University chapter, after a black student said he was beaten and called racial slurs by members of the fraternity.

Police are currently investigating the matter as a hate crime.

“I will not tell you ‘this is not who we are,’ as the events of the past few weeks belie that,” Cornell president Martha Pollack said in a statement. “But it is absolutely not who we want to be. The leadership team and I have been working throughout the weekend, and we will continue to do so, to develop and implement steps to be a more equitable, inclusive, and welcoming university.”

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