Judge: SU can’t suspend Theta Tau members until hearing

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A State Supreme Court Judge has ruled a temporary stay of disciplinary actions against members of Syracuse University’s chapter of Theta Tau.

Back in April, several members of Theta Tau’s SU fraternity were shown taking part in an offensive skit.

The video, posted on a private Facebook page, was recorded by a third party and seen around the country. 

After contentious court appearances with the members and the university, the school issued several suspensions and other disciplinary actions against the fraternity– including disbanding the fraternity from campus. 

On Tuesday, a judge in Jefferson County ruled that a temporary stay of the disciplinary actions by the university’s conduct board.

The order means students can’t be suspended from the university until State Supreme Court Judge James McClusky conducts a hearing on the case. 

The fraternity chapter filed with State Supreme Court in an attempt to get back into school. 

“Syracuse University is aware of a state court order issued yesterday.  If left standing, it will allow certain Theta Tau members to return to campus this semester.  The University is challenging yesterday’s order, which contradicts a federal court decision from earlier this summer,” said Dara Royer, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. 

The students claim the skit was satire and that it was not meant to be seen by the public. 

A telephone hearing is scheduled for Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. 

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