The national office of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity has revoked the charter and closed its chapter at Indiana University after a sexually explicit video involving a member was circulated on social media.
The video shows a young man performing a sex act on a woman while several other members watch. Several IU students say they were shocked and appalled by the video.
“It was disgusting and I literally wanted to vomit and cry at the same time,” says IU student Eleanor Ahlberg.
According to ATO’s national office, the sex act happened last week at an unauthorized event involving half of the chapter’s membership. Their investigation found the 21-year-old man was a member of the fraternity and the two women that appear in the video were exotic dancers hired by another member.
“Our investigation revealed that no pledge was compelled to participate,” ATO National Fraternity CEO Wynn Smiley said in a statement. “Regardless, the actions are contrary to the ideals and principles of Alpha Tau Omega and are highly offensive.”
Because its charter has been revoked, the chapter must immediately closed and cease all activities.
IU suspended the chapter Wednesday night after learning of the video.
Our campus is committed to a culture of care. Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) is suspended immediately, pending investigation into hazing allegations.— Indiana University (@IUBloomington) October 8, 2015
“Allegations of hazing that perpetuates sexual misconduct have been made and will be investigated thoroughly,” Land said in an e-mail.
The university says the actions in the video represent a violation of the student code of conduct.
“It definitely doesn’t look good for IU but it especially doesn’t look good for IU’s Greek life which has taken some pretty hard hits in the past,” says IU student Ben Williams.
IU’s ATO chapter was previously investigated for hazing as recently as 2010, when 100 of its 126 members were kicked out of the fraternity by the national ATO office for hazing and alcohol violations.