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Syracuse Fraternity Suspended Over Hate-Filled Oath Including Anti-Semitism

22 April 2018

The university's independent student newspaper, the Daily Orange, published a video obtained from a secret Facebook group for the fraternity.

More than 200 students, the Daily Orange reported, held a demonstration Wednesday night outside the chancellor's home, some urging him to release all the videos that the university has from the fraternity.

Leaders of a Syracuse University fraternity chapter have apologized for a leaked video in which a member swore an oath "to always have hatred in my heart for" black, Hispanic and Jewish people - each referred to with unprintable slurs.

A USA TODAY request for comment was not immediately returned by Theta Tau or the campus as of Thursday morning.

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Michael Abraham, executive director of the Theta Tau Central Office, expressed sympathy for the men in the video, saying many have become scared for their lives since the videos have hit the internet.

Protesters at New York's Syracuse University have demanded that the school release videos showing racist and sexist behavior by members of a now-suspended fraternity.

At one point, another member tells others to "Get together and [talk] about their significant others while drinking different wines and talking in gay girly accents". "What happened at Theta Tau serves as a reminder that violations of codes of honor, behavior and values will be met with swift and appropriate consequences".

Theta Tau said it's investigating the allegations.

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The students want those involved identified.

After announcing the suspension, Chancellor Kent Syverud stated in a college-wide email that the videos were "extremely racist, anti-semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities".

"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. Asked how administrators had become aware of it, a spokeswoman for Syracuse said it had been "sent to university officials". "I wouldn't doubt that the things they say in the video are things that would be tolerated by their parents".

Tayla Myree, a sophomore studying political science, spoke at the rally and carried a sign that read, "Apathy is complicity".

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The chapter said it's embarrassed, disappointed and ashamed, adding, 'Anyone of color or of any marginalized group who has seen this video has every right to be angry and upset with the despicable contents of that video'.

Syracuse Fraternity Suspended Over Hate-Filled Oath Including Anti-Semitism