"I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for n*****s, sp*cs, and most importantly, the f*cking k*kes", one frat boy can be heard pledging in a video to thunderous applause.
Syverud said on the school's website that it will conduct "a top to bottom review" of its fraternity and sorority policies, activities and culture, and many aspects of college life will include diversity and inclusion training.
That is to say, the Tau Theta Tau letter claims that new fraternity members were participating in a tradition, whereby they "roast" the senior brothers.
The school declined to release videos it received related to the incident because of the ongoing investigation.
"I am appalled and shaken by this and deeply concerned for all members of our community", Syverud wrote.
Syracuse University has suspended its chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity after the discovery of supposedly offensive videos on the group's private Facebook page. All evidence was sent to the Department of Public Safety, which is working to identify the members and pursue "additional legal and disciplinary action", he said.More news: Battlefield 5 Might Feature a Battle Royale Mode
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In an editorial, the Daily Orange called the video "the byproduct of a toxic Greek environment that breeds complicity in exchange for social validation".
The Theta Tau chapter apologized in a lengthy statement, but emphasized that it is important to understand the video's "context". Rather, the fraternity said, the video showed a satirical roast of its own members - in particular of "a conservative Republican" in the frat.
Some in the Syracuse University community are speaking up after a fraternity was suspended for "troubling and disturbing" videos.
Syracuse's Department of Public Safety on campus are now investigating the footage to identify members involved and are planning to seek additional legal and disciplinary actions against them. Theta Tau admitted that the language is "disgraceful", and "it made the active brothers very uncomfortable". The university has declined to release the videos.
"However, this does not excuse the behavior", Matthew Clark, the national fraternity's Grand Regent, said in a statement. The recordings, obtained by campus newspaper The Daily Orange, shows Theta Tau members pretending to ejaculate on another member while he professes his hate for Blacks, Latinos and gays.
"For it to happen in a manner that the administration would actually call it out this time, it was time for us to be like if they're willing to say it happened, it's time for us to make sure they do something about it", Syracuse student Isaiah Nins told CBS affiliate WTVH on Thursday.