Syracuse University fraternity suspended for racist videos

Tau fraternity house courtesy of Google Street View

Tau fraternity house courtesy of Google Street View

According to the Daily Orange, the videos were posted in a secret Facebook group called 'Tau of Theta Tau'.

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud called the students' conduct in the footage "extremely troubling and disturbing" in a statement released Wednesday.

Aside from the frat's suspension, Syracuse University's Department of Public Safety has launched an investigation to identify the individuals involved and to decide on additional disciplinary and legal actions.

A Syracuse fraternity has been suspended after a group of men were shown laughing uproariously at performances punctuated by racist language against blacks, Jews and Hispanics and simulated sex acts in video footage released to a student newspaper.

Students held a rally on campus in support of social awareness and campus unity after the video emerged on social media.

A you may know, a professional fraternity at Syracuse University was suspended this week due to offensive conduct of some of its members that appeared in a video. Other recordings also show members mocking people with disabilities and using homophobic and sexist slurs, according to The Daily Orange.

The chapter is the fourth fraternity to be suspended from Syracuse University in just this academic year, according to the Daily Orange.

Tonight it was reported students had carried signs and chanted, "Where's the video? 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".

On Wednesday, students staged a protest outside the chancellor's house and then marched their way to the campus chapel.

Student Association President James Franco said, "I think we also, too, should have an audit of Greek life on campus to re-evaluate its impact on the campus community and its value".

"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", Syverud wrote in an email to students and faculty.

While Syverud attended a related university meeting earlier that day, he was not present at the Wednesday evening's forum attended by hundreds of students.

Theta Tau is investigating and said the behaviors described were not representative of its "very diverse organization".

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