Syracuse fraternity suspended over 'extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic' video
Reports state that racist videos were posted on a secret Facebook group for the fraternity. The group reportedly caters to the engineering students at the univeristy.
A Syracuse University fraternity was suspended after multiple racist and anti-Semitic videos of the frat members surfaced on the website of the college's student newspaper, the Daily Orange.
One of the Theta Tau fraternity's members, during a sketch published by the student newspaper, says: "I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for n-----rs, sp*cs and most importantly the f--kin’ k-kes."
The videos, according to the newspaper, were not initially released to the public. Reports state that they were posted on a secret Facebook group for the fraternity. The group reportedly caters to the engineering students at the university.
The university chancellor, Ken Syverud, said that the Theta Tau chapter has been suspended and that he was shocked by the videos that "include words and behaviors that are extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities," according to NY Daily News.
Syverud, in an email which was sent out all students and faculty on Wednesday morning, said:
"There is absolutely no place at Syracuse University for behavior or language that degrades any individual or group’s race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, disability or religious beliefs. Upon confirming Theta Tau’s involvement, the university’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities immediately suspended the fraternity, effectively halting all activities.”
The Daily Orange also mentioned one of the fraternity members, saying: "You f--kin’ k-kes, get in the f--kin’ showers” and another telling someone “he’s drooling out of his mouth because he’s retarded in a wheelchair."
The chancellor added that the school's Department of Public Safety was probing the incident and a public forum was organized on Wednesday night where students said that they were outraged by the videos.
Syracuse students voice their thoughts on the suspension of the Theta Tau Fraternity https://t.co/CNzrPfMfEA— Ricky ''Reports'' Sayer (@RickyReports) April 18, 2018
Three other fraternities have already been suspended over issues including racist incidents and hazing. According to the Daily Orange, Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Delta Tau Delta were all suspended this school year.