Video of Fraternity Initiation Shows Use of Slurs

SU students speaking up in wake of offensive fraternity videos

The Daily Orange, a student newspaper, obtained the footage, originally posted to a secret Facebook group called "Tau of Theta Tau", and shared it alongside a story on their website.

As a journalist, Newhouse School graduate and former Daily Orange writer, I'm proud of The Daily Orange for having the journalistic awareness and integrity to publish the Theta Tau video.

After the "extremely troubling" videos surfaced, Chancellor Kent Syverud sent a campus-wide email saying he was "appalled and shaken" by the behavior of students involved.

The university is not releasing the videos although the chancellor said that he thinks they will get out.

The university's Department of Public Safety has launched an investigation to identify the people involved, "and to take additional legal and disciplinary action", Syverud said.

Theta Tau is a local chapter of a professional engineering fraternity.




The controversy in Syracuse erupted a day after California Polytechnic State University suspended all fraternities and sororities after photos surfaced showing fraternity members in blackface. On the outside, this situation appears as an isolated incident on campus, however students say otherwise. The members of the house were captured on video using sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and other offensive language. "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".

By the time the march began, McMonagle said, there were 300 people in the group chat being used to organize it.

The chapter is the fourth fraternity to be suspended from Syracuse University in just this academic year, according to the Daily Orange. "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 said in a letter to the campus community.

Some students held on-campus protests Wednesday afternoon, marching near the chancellor's home with signs and chanting for the video to be released.

"What happened at Theta Tau serves as a reminder that violations of codes of honor, behavior and values will be met with swift and appropriate consequences", he said.

"Syracuse University is committed to fostering a community where all our students feel welcome and are treated with dignity and respect".

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