Theta Tau fraternity members given multi-year suspensions after controversial videos

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Theta Tau fraternity members have been given suspensions of up to two years by Syracuse University for their role in controversial videos released to the public in April. 

The students are not only barred from attending classes – they cannot step foot on campus grounds without permission from the school.

The videos gained national attention and sparked protests on campus. 

Critics and activists said that the videos, which featured content that included racist remarks along with performances mocking disabled people, was still offensive.

The fraternity has said the videos were satirical and not intended to be shown to anyone outside of the membership. 

The suspensions were confirmed in a statement from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

18 students faced charges from the University after the videos surfaced. Several reached agreements with the school prior to the end of the disciplinary process. 

“The message sent by Syracuse is clear: any expression, even if it’s legal and said in a private setting, can lead to expulsion if enough people pick up their pitchforks,” a portion of the statement from FIRE said. 

If students want to apply to SU in the fall of 2019 or 2020, they will have to finish 160 hours of community service and write a 12-page paper on inclusion, according to a disciplinary hearing outcome letter sent to one of the students by the University. 

Members of the fraternity had one day to appeal the outcomes. 

SU has not yet returned a request from NewsChannel 9 for comment on the outcomes of the case. 

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