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Syracuse Suspends Fraternity Over 'Extremely Racist, Anti-Semitic, Homophobic' Video

20 April 2018

Syracuse University has suspended a engineering fraternity after videos surfaced showed members making "racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, [and] sexist" slurs. It is the fourth fraternity to be suspended from Syracuse University during this academic year.

Zach Hammond, a member of the frat who was mentioned in the video but was not present at the event, told The Daily Orange that "there were certainly some things I disapproved of, but I certainly didn't realize that bad of things were being said".

As our preliminary investigation progressed through the day, it was revealed that the video was a parody, skit, or roast of the active brothers by a pledge class, and not Chapter members hazing, humiliating, or disparaging its pledges as the university had described to our Central Office.

"I'm appalled and shaken by this and deeply concerned for all members of our community", Syverud said in his email.

As a journalist, Newhouse School graduate and former Daily Orange writer, I'm proud of The Daily Orange for having the journalistic awareness and integrity to publish the Theta Tau video.

Theta Tau's national organization said that it is investigating and that the behaviors described were not representative of its "very diverse organization".

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An extremely disturbing video has emerged from Syracuse University's Theta Tau fraternity, which has started a firestorm of controversy on campus.

According to the statement, Syracuse's Department of Public Safety are now investigating the footage to identify members involved and are planning to seek additional legal and disciplinary actions against them. "They include words and behaviors that are extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist and hostile to people with disabilities", Syverud said.

Tayla Myree, a sophomore studying political science, spoke at the rally and carried a sign that read, "Apathy is complicity". "It's, 'Here's counseling, we're here if you need us, there's resource centers, and we promise we'll punish them.' But there's no mechanisms for change".

He added: "The conduct is deeply harmful and contrary to the values and community standards we expect of our students".

Some students claim the videos illustrate larger issues of racism and sexism at Syracuse. And on Wednesday evening, student protesters gathered outside the chancellor's house, then marched to the campus chapel for a second forum.

Syracuse Suspends Fraternity Over 'Extremely Racist, Anti-Semitic, Homophobic' Video