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Syracuse fraternity suspended for 'extremely racist' video

20 April 2018

A university in upstate NY has suspended a fraternity over videos showing racist and sexist behavior.

Another student standing above him then claims they are "anointing" him, and calls out the oath, which his friend repeats.

The school newspaper The Daily Orange wrote that in another video, which has not been released, a fraternity member said, "Get together and (talk) about their significant others while drinking different wines and talking in gay girly accents".

On Tuesday, California Polytechnic State University suspended all fraternities and sororities after photos surfaced showing fraternity members in blackface.

Theta Tau is the fourth fraternity to be suspended from Syracuse during the 2017-18 academic year.

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Syracuse University has suspended a engineering fraternity after videos surfaced showed members making "racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, [and] sexist" slurs.

The university's independent student newspaper, the Daily Orange, published a video obtained from a secret Facebook group for the fraternity.

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud called the students' conduct in the footage "extremely troubling and disturbing" in a statement released Wednesday. In one recording, a person, using anti-Semitic language, yells at two other people. Syverud said that he found the rhetoric appalling and that he was "shaken" and "deeply concerned" for the entire community.

According to Syverud, the university launched a campus-wide investigation to identify the individuals in the video.

Some students claim the videos illustrate larger issues of racism and sexism at Syracuse.

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"You f--ing k--s, get in the f--ing showers", he said, according to The Daily Orange.

"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.

Some students said they want the people who made the videos to take responsibility for their actions and learn from them, WTVH-TV reports.

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

"Theta Tau will fulfill the role that we would have expected of the university", he says, "we will educate them". A third was suspended for threatening the safety of a student participating in the new member process, according to the Daily Orange.

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Syracuse fraternity suspended for 'extremely racist' video