Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Syracuse students after videos

Syracuse students after videos

Syracuse University has filed disciplinary charges against 18 people after offensive videos from a fraternity event surfaced last week. Syverud said the expulsion followed "immediate action" taken by the university within two hours of receiving and authenticating the video.

The Daily Orange obtained the videos, originally displayed on the frat's secret Facebook group, and posted them on its website.

Theta Tau leadership was informed of the university's decision earlier Saturday, Syverud said, noting the school had suspended the fraternity soon after being made aware of the footage, which he called "racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist and sexist".

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 words and behaviors in the second video are appalling and disgusting on many intersecting grounds", Syverud said.

Sophmore Priya Penner said she hopes the school will expel the students involved.


"There is absolutely no place at Syracuse University for tolerance of this behavior", Syverud said in Sunday's statement. The students' futures at the university will be determined after a judicial process.

In the two-minute long video, which again features members of Theta Tau, one young man wearing a helmet sits in a wheeled office chair as another person describes him as "brain-dead from being chronically whipped".

New members, the chapter's statement said, were roasting another fraternity member who is a conservative Republican.

Syracuse University permanently expelled the Theta Tau chapter over the weekend and charged 18 students with undisclosed offenses.

In their own statement, Theta Tau added: "The young man playing the part of this character nor the young man being roasted do not hold any of the terrible views espoused" in it.

Syverud also says there will be a "top-to-bottom review of our entire Greek system", acknowledging that the issue goes much deeper than the most incident, according to NBC News.

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