October 8, 2015

National Office Closes IU Chapter Of Alpha Tau Omaga Fraternity

BLOOMINGTON -- 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 released on social media.

IU says it fully supports that decision.

ATO’s National Office says its investigation revealed the video was taken at an unauthorized event last week involving about half of the chapter’s membership.

It shows a 21-year-old member performing a sex act on a woman while other members watch. The national office says that woman and a second who appears in the video are exotic dancers who were hired by one of the fraternity members. 

They say no pledges were compelled to participate.

Many IU students, including Eleanor Ahlberg, say they’re shocked and appalled by the video.

"It was disgusting, and I literally wanted to vomit and cry at the same time," Ahlberg said.

IU released a statement saying the actions in the video represent a violation of the student code of conduct and will not be tolerated.

The 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.

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