Syracuse University expels fraternity behind 'racist' and 'homophobic' initiation videos

Syracuse Suspends Theta Tau Fraternity, Accused Of Exhibiting Racist Behavior

SU permanently expels Theta Tau chapter

The clip - posted to the Theta Tau fraternity's private Facebook page April 18 and then reported on by student newspaper The Daily Orange - depicted male students saying hateful slurs and miming sexual assault as part of an initiation into the Greek organization.

On Friday, after the chapter was suspended following the release of the first video, the Tau Theta Tau chapter posted on their website that "it was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person", meant to "roast" an active brother in the fraternity. The move follows up on his statement Sunday that the investigation into the Theta Tau videos was continuing and others "may be implicated in the coming days", possibly including expulsions.

"I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for n*****s", the pair state while laughing.

Still more videos are under investigation, Syverud said Sunday.

The video includes simulations of oral sex, masturbation, glory holes and drug use, and mock disabled people: "He's drooling out of his mouth because he's retarded in a wheelchair".

"The young man playing the part of this character nor the young man being roasted do not hold any of the awful views espoused as a part of that sketch", the statement claimed.

In addition to the fraternity's permanent expulsion, Syverud said individual students involved with the video may face expulsion or suspension, according to the Daily Orange.

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Yet another issue with fraternities and race has emerged in the news, this time involving Syracuse University.

UPDATE- The Department of Public Safety at Syracuse University has confirmed complaints have been filed against 18 people connected to the fraternity Theta Tau, after two disturbing videos were released last week.

It is unclear if the second video was also one of these sketches.

The school also held a gathering on Wednesday to promote "community dialogue", reports Your Erie. Some students recommended making certain African American Studies courses mandatory.

Amid ongoing investigations, the fraternity chapter insist that the video was meant to be "satirical" and that they were deliberately acting like an intolerant person for the goal of the "sketch".

The chapter, part of a national engineering fraternity, hasn't immediately responded to emails Saturday and Sunday about subsequent developments.

In the video sent on Saturday, Syverud said the university began its review of the SU Greek system.

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