Syracuse suspends 18 frat members after second video released

SU Chancellor Kent Syverud on Sunday sent a campus-wide email to address the release of two videos showing offensive behavior by members of the Theta Tau fraternity

UPDATE- The Department of Public Safety at Syracuse University has confirmed complaints have been filed against 18 people connected to the fraternity Theta Tau, after two disturbing videos were released last week.

Maldonado states that the pupils were removed from course "out of an abundance of warning" and that substitute course and research arrangements have been created for them. The process includes hearings for the students, and they can appeal the outcomes. Elsewhere, other fraternity members pretend to sexually assault a person with disabilities during filming. "It's bigger than the video, bigger than this one frat - because, believe me, this is not an isolated incident at 'cuse - and it's honestly bigger than Syracuse University", said Elen Pease, who graduated from SU in 2017.

The move comes days after video surfaced of Theta Tau members exhibiting what the school called "extremely racist" behavior. Syracuse's dean of students said the school will meet with some of the 18 students today to decide on punishment.

This included students acting out a racist, anti-Semitic oath.

More than 30 percent of the 15,000-plus undergraduate students join the school's fraternities and sororities.

Theta Tau was already expelled from Syracuse after the first video emerged.

"This event was never meant to be centered around racism or hate", the chapter said in a statement.

Amid ongoing investigations, the fraternity chapter insist that the video was meant to be "satirical" and that they were deliberately acting like an intolerant person for the goal of the "sketch". Instead, they were obtained and made public by the Daily Orange, the student newspaper, reports CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan.

"We won't be able to provide any individually identifying information", Hradsky said. He said officials do not want to compromise evidence in the investigation or distribute "hateful and hurtful content".

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