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Georgia Tech is reviewing its judicial process. A fraternity requested a review after recent sanction.

Georgia Tech has launched a review of its student judicial process two weeks after a fraternity sanctioned for discriminatory behavior questioned the school’s procedures and requested an outside examination.

Georgia Tech placed restrictions on Phi Delta Theta fraternity after an investigation into an incident in August, in which a black student at the university said members of the fraternity yelled racial slurs as she passed the fraternity house.

Phi Delta Theta said the case lacked evidence of discriminatory behavior on its part, and called the university’s disciplinary and investigative process “flawed.”

School officials said they are not reviewing the case against the fraternity, but the university’s  overall procedures.

“The panel is looking at the process as a whole and is not focusing on any one specific case. The goal is to ensure individual students and student groups receive fair and equitable treatment and protections under Georgia Tech’s Student Code of Conduct,” read a statement from the university. “It is good practice to periodically review processes to make sure the Institute is consistent with best practices.”

For its part, Phi Delta Theta was pleased with the review.

“We believe that evaluating sensitive charges such as racism requires a fair and thorough procedure,” read a statement from the fraternity. “The assessment of the charges against our fraternity is incomplete at this point, and our hope is that this advisory group will complete this important mission with diligence in order to present an impartial view of what actually happened.”

Nels Peterson, the University System of Georgia’s chief legal officer, is leading the six-member review panel, which also includes Georgia Tech administrators, a managing attorney and the student government judicial council’s chief justice; as well as, Georgia State University’s vice president of student affairs.

The panel’s work has already begun is expected to be completed within the next four weeks.