Syracuse University Suspends Frat Over Racist, Anti-Semitic, Homophobic Video

Syracuse University Suspends Frat Over Racist, Anti-Semitic, Homophobic Video [Graphic]

Yankowy, an engineering student who uploaded several videos to the secret page before administrators were made aware of the existence of the hateful material, was listed as a member of Syracuse's chapter of Theta Tau before the website went offline Wednesday, the Orange reports.

Syracuse's Chancellor Kent Syverud sent a campus-wide email acknowledging this issue, according to The Daily Orange.

He added: "Upon confirming Theta Tau's involvement, the university's Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities immediately suspended the fraternity, effectively halting all activities".

Initially, the university refused to release the video footage.

"The video isn't surprising - it's a manifestation of microaggressions, rumors, whispers and outright acts of hatred marginalized students encounter in their time at SU", the Daily Orange said in an editorial.

Michael Abraham, executive director of the national Theta Tau organization, said that he had not yet seen the video but that the organization was "investigating the allegations and will decide on the best course of action when it is more complete".

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The newspaper says it has also obtained, but not yet published, videos in which Theta Tau members parody a mentally disabled man in a wheelchair, and what one frat member describes as "gay girly accents".

"The video shows the group of men acting out an initiation where they can be heard laughing and saying, "f*ck black people", "ni**ers", "sp*cs", and f*ucking k*ikes".

Protests after the discovery of alleged extremely racist, homophobic, sexist, anti-Semitic, and otherwise offensive video content forced the fraternity suspension.

Syverud said in the statement he'd "communicate further on this matter later today, including about other steps and resources we will make available to our community", but it's not clear what measures were taken that have not been posted on the University's website.

"None of this can possibly excuse the words that came from our fraternity house last month, no matter the context the words were used in", the statement says. They demonstrated in front of the chancellor's house and then gathered at Hendricks Chapel on campus where they expressed their feelings on the incident. Along the way, they chanted "Release the video" and "We're exhausted of being sick and exhausted". Later, about 100 people marched through the campus carrying signs and chanting.

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