'Extremely Racist' Video Leads To Syracuse Theta Tau Fraternity Suspension


Hundreds of students filled Hendrick's Chapel on Wednesday night, sharing their experiences of discrimination on campus following news of a fraternity's video depicting "extremely troubling and disturbing conduct". We recently learned that a member of the Le Moyne community was involved with this fraternity.

The video was posted to a secret Facebook group called "Tau of Theta Tau".

On Tuesday, California Polytechnic State University suspended all fraternities and sororities after photos surfaced showing fraternity members in blackface.

An engineering fraternity at Syracuse University was suspended on Wednesday over a video the school chancellor called "extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities", according to the New York Times.

Chancellor Kent Syverud issued a campuswide email condemning their actions, calling the language used "deeply harmful" and in direct contrast to the university's values.

University officials were sent the video, and the school paper, theDaily Orange, published it on Wednesday after the school declined to release it pending an investigation. Syverud said that he found the rhetoric appalling and that he was "shaken" and "deeply concerned" for the entire community. In other recordings, according to the Daily Orange, students can be heard mocking women, gay people and people with disabilities.

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It was uncovered by student newspaper the Daily Orange, and shows a frat boy forcing another student to his knees, where he is ordered to repeat a vile oath.

The Department of Public Safety is investigating the videos, working to identify the people involved and will take "additional legal and disciplinary action", Syverud said.

Now, I'm not going to sit here and say that this is a problem with all fraternities because it wouldn't be fair to generalize, every group has bad apples.

The Daily Orange reports that, Theta Tau is the fourth fraternity on campus to be suspended this year alone due to conduct violations.

Said Abraham: "The behaviors described are not representative of our very diverse organization, locally or nationally, nor rational or comprehensible for the multiethnic Syracuse chapter itself", said Abraham.

"Syracuse University is committed to fostering a community where all our students feel welcome and are treated with dignity and respect".