SU students speaking up in wake of offensive fraternity videos

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He said his group's "preliminary investigation" has found that the chapter members who participated were involved in a "parody, skit or roast of the active brothers by a pledge class, and not chapter members hazing, humiliating or disparaging its pledges as the university had described to our central office". College is supposed to be about the ideals of the future - a new generation to replace the old one - and it's with profound embarrassment and disappointment in ourselves that we find our fraternity in this situation. Theta Tau members are shown simulating masturbation and fellatio on others, disparaging "n*ggers, sp*cs and most importantly the f*ckin' k*kes", and making jokes about disabled people.

The fraternity was suspended, and the brothers have now posted an apology to their chapter's website - in doing so, they claim that the members shown in the video were only being satiric. That's not what you want to hear, I know you want complete action.

"At one point, one person says "...

"You're close", says the leader.

A simulated sex act involving an aluminum can follows the oath, and the crowd applauds.

Theta Tau said that the "young" men who played the characters "do not hold any of the disgusting views espoused as a part of that sketch".

"First and foremost, every single member of Theta Tau would like to apologize to everyone affected by the racist video that was recorded as a part of our new member process".

Chancellor Ken Syverud and Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado addressed the students earlier this morning regarding their concerns.

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Syverud has called that the racist, devoted, homophobic, sexist and anti-Semitic to those with disabilities.

The actual Republican member, the statement said, was not racist, homophobic or otherwise intolerant.

Theta Tau is a national organisation that was founded in 1904.

Zach Hammond, a member of the frat who was mentioned in the video but was not present at the event, told The Daily Orange that "there were certainly some things I disapproved of, but I certainly didn't realize that bad of things were being said".

The national engineering fraternity said in its own statement that despite the context, there's no excuse.

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

Most of what is said in the videos was posted to a private Facebook page, CBS affiliate WTVH-TV reports.

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