Indiana University announced late Wednesday that it has suspended the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity in an ongoing investigation into hazing allegations. The decision was made after a video emerged on YouTube reportedly showing a pledge being coerced to perform oral sex on a woman as several others cheered him on.
The university announced the suspension of the fraternity on Twitter, while a report by Indiana Republic Media, a local news network for Indiana University, said, citing university spokesman Mark Land, that the authenticity of the video has not yet been confirmed. “Allegations of hazing that perpetuates sexual misconduct has been made and will be investigated thoroughly,” Land told the network.
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
A report by the Inquisitr said that the video, which was uploaded Wednesday, could lead to more trouble for those involved as it could be classified as sexual assault, which could lead to criminal charges.
The Indiana University branch of the fraternity was suspended once before in 2010 by Alpha Tau’s national organization because the members took their house to be “party central,” Wynn Smiley, CEO of the national organization had said at the time, according to the Indy Channel, a local news network affiliated to ABC News. Over 100 members of the 126 were suspended at the time.
The latest video of the fraternity members was criticized on social media.
Accidentally came across that Indiana University ATO video. Y'all need a big dose of Vitamin Jesus. My goodness. Sickened.
— Matt Barnthouse (@MattBarnthouse) October 8, 2015
— Madison Medeiros (@shmadison) October 8, 2015
Oh boy. Indiana University is going to be all over the news tomorrow. Another frat video….
— Steven S. (@sunpech) October 8, 2015