According to the university paper, Yankowy was listed as a member of the frat on Syracuse's fraternity website before the directory was temporarily taken down. The video, about six minutes long, also shows members of the fraternity laughing while pretending to masturbate each other and perform oral sex.
The newspaper said the recording was of a video made in the fraternity house and posted to a private Facebook group called "Tau of Theta Tau". Asked how administrators had become aware of it, a spokeswoman for Syracuse said it had been "sent to university officials".
The university's chancellor, Kent Syverud, confirmed in an all-campus email that the frat was suspended Wednesday, according to campus paper The Daily Orange.
A professional engineering fraternity, Theta Tau, national organization said it was investigating what occurred in the video, but said the behavior exhibited did not represent the "very diverse organization", CBS News reports.
According to the statement, Syracuse's Department of Public Safety are now investigating the footage to identify members involved and are planning to seek additional legal and disciplinary actions against them. Three student leaders listed on a cached version of the website did not respond to emails seeking comment. "Now", as well as "Hey hey, ho ho, Theta Tau has got to go".
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"None of this can possibly excuse the words that came from our fraternity house last month, no matter the context the words were used in", the statement says.
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.
"I should have been there", said Syverud, as a group of about 45 students circled around him, some holding signs including "ACCEPTED STUDENTS This University doesn't ACCEPT you" and "How About a Student-Led Tour of Campus Discrimination". "It's the same response every time".
But the upstate region, during the early 20th century, also had Ku Klux Klan chapters, and in recent years the state Legislature has enacted hate crime laws to allow for the prosecution of assaults and harassment motivated by bigotry. We understand that we have thrown a lot of fuel into an intolerant fire burning throughout our community, and we know that this issue is much larger than just an isolated incident in our basement.