DPS Chief: 18 Theta Tau Students Removed from Academic Participation
Conor Wight, SYRACUSE N.Y. (CitrusTV News) – 18 people involved in the Theta Tau investigation have been removed from academic participation at Syracuse University, according to Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado.
In an e-mail to the SU community, Maldonado gave an update on the investigation, including the University’s decision to further penalize the 18 unnamed individuals.
“Out of an abundance of caution and ongoing concern for our campus community,” Maldonado said, “Provost Michel Wheatly and Dean of Students Rob Hratsky notified the 18 students of their removal from academic participation, effective immediately.”
These individuals were directly involved with the Theta Tau “sponsored event”, Maldonado said. Others could be implicated in the investigation, which is ongoing.
The DPS Chief said SU will not release the videos at this time, two of which have been released online by the Daily Orange.
“It is imperative that we preserve the evidence to be used in individual conduct cases,” Maldonado said, “In addition, my office will not be party to the distribution of this hateful and hurtful content.
The full e-mail can be read below. Continue to follow CitrusTV for more updates on the Theta Tau Investigation.
“Dear Campus Community,
I’m writing to provide an update on the investigation of the Theta Tau fraternity and its members.
Since Wednesday my office, in conjunction with Student Affairs, investigated and filed complaints against 18 individuals, all of whom were present at the sponsored event. Our investigation is ongoing and others may be implicated in the coming days.
Out of an abundance of caution and ongoing concern for our campus community, Provost Michele Wheatly and Dean of Students Rob Hradsky notified the 18 students of their removal from academic participation, effective immediately. Alternative class and study arrangements will be made for these students as the judicial process moves forward.
We have not and will not release the videos that are a part of our investigation. It is imperative that we preserve the evidence to be used in individual conduct cases. In addition, my office will not be party to the distribution of this hateful and hurtful content.”
-DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado