Syracuse University has suspended 15 members of the Theta Tau chapter over the weekend after they were recorded making homophobic, racist, sexist and anti-semitic remarks in videos published by The Daily Orange, the university’s independent student newspaper.
“The 15 students have been suspended indefinitely for one to two years,” Karen Felter, the attorney representing the 15 students told CNN. “This means the university does not have any obligation to readmit them once the suspension is over. It is up to their discretion.”
For the time of the suspension, the students will lose their scholarships. Gregory Germain, a law professor who served as “procedural adviser” for the students also told the news network that an “involuntarily withdrawn” will appear on their transcripts.
The fraternity chapter explained that the were satirical but apologized “despicable” sketches to “…anyone of color or of any marginalized group who has seen this video.”
“Theta Tau is deeply troubled by the recent events that occurred at our chapter at Syracuse University, and we strongly condemn the offensive actions and despicable language depicted in the recently released videos,” the central organization said in a statement in April.
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