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Officials: 'Everything is on the table' for 18 individuals connected to Theta Tau videos

Syracuse University officials give an update on the Theta Thau videos (CNYCentral Photo)

The future is still in question for the 18 individuals at Syracuse University facing disciplinary charges connected to the Theta Thau fraternity videos that led to the organization's expulsion last week.

"At this point, everything is on the table, from suspension to expulsion," said Dolan Evanovich, SU senior vice president of Enrollment and the Student Experience, during a news conference with university officials on Monday afternoon.

Meetings began Monday with the 18 people regarding their options going forward, for instance if they wish to have a student conduct hearing. That process should take around two weeks. The SU provost and dean of students notified the 18 students of their removal from academic participation on Sunday. Alternative class and study arrangements will be made for these students as the judicial process moves forward. For privacy concerns, none of the individuals' names will be released.

Officials added that there may or may not be more disciplinary charges filed against other individuals involved. In total, in the last four days, 39 people have been interviewed regarding the incident.

The fraternity came under fire last week after a video of the Theta Tau fraternity was posted online including words and behaviors that are described as "racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities." Another video surfaced on Saturday night, posted by The Daily Orange, this time showing members miming sexual assault of a disabled person. The content of the video may be disturbing to some. If you would like, click here to view from The Daily Orange.

The fraternity was initially suspended Wednesday, the chancellor said, within two hours of receiving and authenticating the first video, the chancellor said.

No criminal charges will come from a second video. Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said Monday that while its contents are "extremely offensive, like the first video released by the media, it does not make out the elements of a criminal offense."

The SU chancellor said Monday that "there are additional videos we have been made aware of. We are going to as part of investigation were not releasing them.”

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There is a meeting planned on Wednesday, "a campus conversation" that will address the incident regarding the videos. There will be SU leadership officials present, as well as members of the Board of Trustees.

“We’re still working with the students who have asked for this meeting," officials said.

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