Syracuse University expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that members say was intended as satire, but the controversy is continuing with the emergence of more video simulating a sexual assault of a disabled person. The group issued an apology letter claiming that the sketch in the video was meant to be satirical and that the fraternity brothers in question did not share the same views as the characters they were playing.
Syverud said that in addition to expelling the Theta Tau chapter, university official "have begun a top-to-bottom review of our entire Greek system".
Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said today he has reviewed all of the "repulsive" Syracuse University fraternity videos.
There's a possibility more students could be charged with Student Code of Conduct violations as interviews continue during SU's Theta Tau investigation, Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado also said during the briefing.
"There is absolutely no place at Syracuse University for tolerance of this behavior", Syverud said in Sunday's statement. The text accompanying Syverud's video announcing the expulsion of the fraternity also indicates that "steps are also well underway to recommend charges against individual students involved in the disgusting video".
A fraternity managed to offend almost every vulnerable group last week after posting a video with "racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist, and sexist" content.
One of the videos shows members using racist, ethnic, and sexual slurs while pretending to perform sexual acts on each other.
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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 university said it received the second video Wednesday.
The fraternity has since posted a statement to its website apologizing for the first video, calling its contents "despicable".
"It was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person", the fraternity said in a statement.
In one video, a student is on his knees while another engages him in a faux swearing-in.
"The young man playing the part of this character nor the young man being roasted do not hold any of the awful views espoused as a part of that sketch", the statement claimed.
This is not uncommon for universities nationwide, which have been dealing with racism and uproar in the Greek community.