Chancellor Syverud calls behaviors in second fraternity video 'appalling and disgusting'

THeta Tau (CNYCentral file photo)

Chancellor Kent Syverud called the behavior shown in second Theta Tau video "appalling and disgusting" in a statement sent to students, faculty, and staff Sunday.

A second video of the fraternity Theta Tau was reported by the Daily Orange, this time showing members miming sexual assault of a disabled person.

The video published Saturday night by The Daily Orange, an independent student newspaper, comes after the fraternity was permanently expelled from Syracuse University for the first video that was described as "disturbing."

The content of the video may be disturbing to some if you would like, click here to view from The Daily Orange.

In the statement sent out Sunday, Syverud explained the second video is apart of the evidence the university received Wednesday. He said the university does not release evidence in potential criminal and judicial investigations.

Because the video was published, Syverud said he is now able to comment on it.

"The words and behaviors in the second video are appalling and disgusting on many intersecting grounds. They especially offend all Syracuse University holds dear about diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities," Syverud said.

"I believe the second video depicts egregious behavior, including sexual assault, violence and discriminatory mockery and hostility toward people with disabilities that is unacceptable and deeply harmful in many ways," he added. "I ask all of us who care about our community and its values to reaffirm them by emphatically rejecting all this video represents. There is absolutely no place at Syracuse University for tolerance of this behavior."

Syverud made the expulsion announcement Saturday in a video sent to students, faculty, and staff.

Syverud said the university suspended the fraternity within two hours of receiving and authenticating the first video.

Students involved may be "suspended or expelled" following a student judiciary process, according to the video statement.

Syverud described the original video as "racist, anti-semitic, homophobic, ableist and sexist."

A statement from the fraternity on Friday said the video was a "roast" of active brothers put on by new members.

The chancellor said following the Dean's Convocation Sunday night, himself and other school officials will be on hand to engage with students and faculty until 9:30 p.m.

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