Syracuse suspends 18 frat members after second video released

Last week, Syracuse University first suspended and then expelled its chapter of Theta Tau after The Daily Orange published video of an initiation ceremony that featured members mocking black, Latino, Jewish and gay people and using slurs about all of them.

After a private vulgar video from a fraternity landed in the laps of officials, current Theta Tau brothers face the same fate as their predecessors; expulsion from the university.

Yet another issue with fraternities and race has emerged in the news, this time involving Syracuse University. The students, whom the school will not identify because of federal privacy law, are banned from classes during the disciplinary process.

This is not uncommon for universities nationwide, which have been dealing with racism and uproar in the Greek community. Maldonado said the university will not release the videos.

Chancellor and President Kent Syverud revealed the newsin a filmed statement on Saturday. The clip appears to stem from the same event as the earlier video, which showed men laughing uproariously at performances punctuated by pantomimed sex acts and racist language about blacks, Jews and Hispanics.

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He warned that more students could be "implicated in the coming days".

The chapter apologized for its contents, which its members tried to play off as satire of a conservative frat brother. Instead, they were obtained and made public by the Daily Orange, the student newspaper, reports CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan.

The chapter said that the first video "was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person" and claimed that "the new members seen in the video laughing at the disgusting things being said were not laughing in concurrence with these beliefs, but in fact the opposite".

"It is imperative that we preserve the evidence to be used in individual conduct cases", Maldonado said.

  • Sonia Alvarado