“The 15 college students have been suspended indefinitely for one to 2 years,” Karen Felter, the legal professional representing the 15 college students, informed CNN. “This implies the college doesn’t have any obligation to readmit them as soon as the suspension is over. It’s as much as their discretion.”
She stated the scholars have been suspended Tuesday.
Gregory Germain, a Syracuse regulation professor who acted as a “procedural adviser” for a number of of the scholars, informed CNN, “there shall be notations on their educational transcripts that they’ve been ‘involuntarily withdrawn'” from the college.
The scholars will lose their monetary help advantages whereas suspended, Felter famous.
“They embody phrases and behaviors which might be extraordinarily racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to individuals with disabilities,” Syverud wrote.
The fraternity apologized: “Anybody of coloration or of any marginalized group who has seen this video has each proper to be offended and upset with the despicable contents of that video.”
The racist video had been a part of a skit to roast an lively brother, who’s a conservative Republican, it stated within the assertion.
“The brand new members roasted him by taking part in the a part of a racist conservative character. It was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and illiberal individual,” in response to the fraternity. “The younger man taking part in the a part of this character nor the younger man being roasted don’t maintain any of the horrible views espoused as part of that sketch.”
It added that the group wasn’t attempting to make excuses for the content material, however wished to inform the context across the video.
“We can not apologize sufficient for the ache, disappointment and concern that this has brought on,” it said.
“Theta Tau is deeply troubled by the current occasions that occurred at our chapter at Syracuse College, and we strongly condemn the offensive actions and despicable language depicted within the just lately launched movies,” the group stated in a press release.
“We’ve got cooperated absolutely with college and police officers, and we’ll pursue acceptable disciplinary measures within the close to future to carry the people accountable for his or her actions.”
The central workplace didn’t instantly reply to CNN’s request for remark concerning the college students’ suspensions.
CNN’s Dakin Andone contributed to this report.