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Racial Epithet Screamed At USC's Indian-Born Student Body President

LOS ANGELES ( — The Indian-born president of USC's student body says a racial epithet was hurled at her, along with a drink, as she walked past a USC fraternity, according to a Facebook post that has been shared hundreds of times.

Rini Sampath said the incident happened Saturday night as she walked back from a friend's apartment, according to a Sunday morning Facebook post. Sampath was walking with as many as 10 friends as they walked by when the student yelled "you Indian piece of s---!"

The fraternity was not identified, and Sampath says the drink thrower's frat brothers apologized once they realized who she was.

The university's Dean of Religious Life, Varun Soni described the remarks as "cowardly and hateful" and said USC had a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior.

Sampath, 21, moved to the United States from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu when she was six years old, according to the Washington Post.

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