SU fraternity members suspended for video with racist slurs

Photo of the Theta Tau fraternity house courtesy of Google Street View

Lawyers say 15 members of a Syracuse University fraternity have been suspended after the release of a video showing pledges using racial slurs and simulating a sexual assault of a disabled person.

Posted: Jun. 8, 2018 4:50 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Lawyers say 15 members of a Syracuse University fraternity have been suspended after the release of a video showing pledges using racial slurs and simulating a sexual assault of a disabled person.

Lawyers for Theta Tau fraternity members said Friday the school issued letters this week announcing indefinite suspensions of one or two years. Most of the students were found guilty of harassment.

Lawyers say students will appeal.

Calls to the school seeking comment were not immediately returned.

The video showed a group of men laughing at performances punctuated by racist language against blacks, Jews and Hispanics and simulated sex acts.

The fraternity apologized for the footage, which they said showed a "satirical sketch" at a private event.

Syracuse University expelled the fraternity after a student newspaper posted video footage in April.

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