IU fraternity chapter closed after hazing allegations

IU fraternity chapter closed after hazing allegations

BLOOMINGTON, IN (WFIE) - The National Office of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity has revoked the charter and closed its chapter at Indiana University.

The move follows the university's decision to suspend the fraternity after allegations of hazing were brought to light by a video that's circulating online.

The allegations, of which there appears to be credible video evidence, include a purported new chapter member being encouraged to perform a sex act on a female in the presence of several other chapter members - Indiana University statement

IU says the allegations are contrary to the school's responsibility to "foster a culture of care and respect among students" and violate the university's student code of conduct.

ATO's national leadership was made aware of the decision to suspend the fraternity on Wednesday night. A letter that was sent to ATO from the IU Office of Student Life and Learning reads, in part:

Suspension of activities has been imposed pending the outcome of this investigation because it has been alleged that your organization presents a substantial risk to members of the university community - IU Office of Student Life and Learning

Letter goes on to say that the university expects full cooperation from ATO and warns against any acts of retaliation.

The National Office of ATO calls the video "highly in appropriate and vulgar." In a statement, the National Fraternity says the event was unauthorized and that 21-year-old man in the video was an initiated member of the fraternity and the women in the video were exotic dancers hired by one of the members.

Our investigation revealed that no pledge was compelled to participate. Regardless, the actions are contrary to the ideals and principles of Alpha Tau Omega and are highly offensive - Wynn Smiley, Alpha Tau Omega CEO

Smiley says the chapter is closed effective immediately and all chapter activities will stop.

The fraternity was celebrating its 100th year on the IU-Bloomington campus.

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