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

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A Syracuse University fraternity video mocking gay, Jewish, black and disabled people has been suspended after a leaked video of the society's initiation process sparked outrage online.

Syracuse University suspended one of its professional fraternity chapters after video surfaced showing members of Theta Tau acting in an "extremely racist" and "homophobic" manner, the university's chancellor said.

The university suspended the fraternity, but many students said that the problems go far beyond the one video. He said his group's "preliminary investigation" has found that the chapter members who participated were involved in 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". "He's drooling out of his mouth because he's retarded in a wheelchair", one of them says, according tothe Orange.

The videos were posted on a secret page from the chapter by one of its members, according to The Daily Orange. He said the videos were turned over to the school's Department of Public Safety for possible disciplinary or legal action.

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud called the students' conduct in the footage "extremely troubling and disturbing" in a statement released Wednesday. "This event was never meant to be centered around racism or hate", the NY school's Theta Tau chapter said on its website.

A rally was formed by disgusted students on the campus on Wesdnesday evening calling for the society to be disbanded.

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".

The federal engineering claims in its own announcement that inspite of the context, there's no excuse.

After the announcement, students grouped together and launched protests on campus demanding the release of all the videos that were obtained from the Facebook group. On the outside, this situation appears as an isolated incident on campus, however students say otherwise.

Theta Tau is not the first fraternity, nor Syracuse the first university, to be involved in a scandal involving racism or sexism.

The letter went on to say: "We would like to believe that the new members seen in the video laughing at the terrible things being said were not laughing in concurrence with these beliefs, but in fact the opposite-that racism, sexism and homophobia are so wrong that they are laughable".

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