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Coronavirus Update: UGA Student Who Exposed Violations Receives Backlash

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Arianna Mbunwe, a 20-year-old African-American University of Georgia student who used her Twitter account to expose pandemic violations at the school, is receiving racist and sexist backlash from Greek organizations on campus, some in a group chat and others on social media.

Mbunwe tweeted her encounters as well as those from other students, including images of mask-less sorority members at a date night mixer, to bring attention to the issue.

The University of Georgia issued a statement over the weekend saying, “Such statements of bigotry and intolerance do not have any place on our campus, and we condemn them in the strongest terms.”

In early September, UGA reported almost 2,600 total cases of coronavirus infections since mid-August. Despite the infections, the university has continued in-person classes.

The school made national headlines last week for announcing that it would not host any on-campus voting sites, citing the risk of spreading coronavirus during in-person voting. However, thousands of its students will be allowed to attend football games in the fall. After much backlash, the university has reversed its decision on allowing in-person voting on campus.

“I was disappointed but I wasn’t surprised,” Mbunwe said about the racist posts in an interview with WGCL. “UGA has a history of having a lot of racial discrimination. In the past 3 years that I’ve been here, every semester there has been an incident.”

Mbunwe has demanded a personal apology from the university, the school’s Interfraternity Council and the national and UGA chapters of Lambda Chi Alpha. She is also calling for the expulsion of the students in the chat.

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