PUNISHMENT

Complaints Filed Against 18 Students Over ‘Extremely Racist’ Syracuse Video

Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety and Student Affairs has filed complaints against 18 students who are connected to videos that showed Theta Tau fraternity brothers using racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic slurs, The Daily Orange reports. Chief Bobby Maldonado said the students were removed from classes out of an “abundance of caution” and concern for the community. They’ll attend “alternate class and study arrangements” as the school’s judicial process goes forward, the student newspaper reported. The fraternity chapter was permanently expelled from Syracuse on Saturday. Students have staged protests on campus demanding the release of the videos—but Maldonado said the school “will not be party” to distributing the “hateful and hurtful content.” University Chancellor Kent Syverud said in an email to students last week that the videos were, “extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities.”