Syracuse students rally against suspended frat

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According to the university paper, Yankowy was listed as a member of the frat on Syracuse's fraternity website before the directory was temporarily taken down.

SU's chapter of Theta Tau was suspended Wednesday morning after the university confirmed it was involved in the creation of online videos showing fraternity members engaging in behaviors that were "extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities", Syverud said in a campus-wide email on Wednesday.

The member was then made to repeat an oath that said, "I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for niggers, spics, and most importantly, the fucking kikes", while other brothers can be heard laughing.

The fraternity explained that the event gave new members the opportunity to write and act out in a skit that would "roast" the active brothers. "He's drooling out of his mouth because he's retarded in a wheelchair", one of them says, according tothe Orange.

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.

The six-minute video was originally posted on a secret Facebook group associated with Theta Tau.

The school's administration suspended the fraternity, whose members attend the engineering school, after confirming the video's authenticity on Wednesday.

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"None of this can possibly excuse the words that came from our fraternity house last month, no matter the context the words were used in", the statement says.

The school's Theta Tau chapter has removed its website and Facebook page.

Students note that these problems, although perhaps more prominent in Greek organizations, are not confined to them.

On Wednesday night, hundreds of students turned out to protest at the chancellor's office, according to CNN affiliate WSYR, before moving to a chapel on the upstate NY campus, where they shared accounts of discrimination they had faced at the school.

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

Theta Tau's national organization said that it is investigating and that the behaviors described were not representative of its "very diverse organization".

The university has suspended the fraternity, Theta Tau. The university has declined to release the videos. It was obvious from the forum that people want to see concrete action and change, she said, adding, "Something that was repeated a few times is a request for mandatory classes on racial and social issues".

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