#Roommates, when is it going to end? This week, a fraternity at Syracuse University was suspended after videos surfaced showing members using language they should really be ashamed of during an initiation oath. Chancellor Kent Syverud described the videos, created by the university’s chapter of Theta Tau, as “extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities.”
Some of the disturbing remarks include the following pledge: “I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for n——, s—-, and most importantly the fucking k—-.” In another clip, a person sat down in a chair and another guy yelled, “He’s drooling out of his mouth because he’s retarded in a wheelchair.”
According to student newspaper The Daily Orange, the videos were filmed in the Theta Tau house and were posted in a secret Facebook group called “Tau of Theta Tau.” The videos have since been removed from Facebook and students have protested for the school the release the full clips.
“I am appalled and shaken by this and deeply concerned for all members of our community,” Syverud said in the email.
In response, the engineering fraternity apologized and said the “disgraceful language” was meant as a parody. “It was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person. The young man playing the part of this character nor the young man being roasted do not hold any of the horrible views espoused as a part of that sketch,” they explained on their website. “The language used in this sketch is disgraceful, and it made the active brothers very uncomfortable.”
The fraternity was suspended on Wednesday and there is currently an investigation underway.