National office of Alpha Tau Omega closes IU chapter after sex video surfaces

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The day after a graphic video surfaced, the national office of Alpha Tau Omega revoked and closed the chapter at Indiana University.

"The revocation of the charter means the chapter is closed, effective immediately and all chapter activities must cease," a statement from the national office read.

On Wednesday, a 30-second video was posted to the Internet forum Reddit purporting to show a man performing oral sex on women while other members looked on, encouraging the activity.

It was originally believed that the man performing the act was a pledge for the fraternity, but ATO said in a statement that it was a 21-year-old initiated member. It also said the two women in the video were exotic dancers hired by one of the members. ATO said about half of the members of the chapter were involved in the unauthorized activity.

A statement from ATO said no pledges were compelled to participate. 

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Indiana University had already suspended the fraternity after the video was released.

A statement from IU following the revocation said:

"The university applauds the national chapter’s swift and strong action and is in full agreement with this decision. The office of the Dean of Students and IU Police Department are prepared to work closely with the national ATO organization to facilitate this action.

Indiana University’s Office of Student Ethics will continue to investigate this issue as it relates to potential violations of the university code of student conduct."

IU tweeted from its official account just after 11 p.m. Wednesday that the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity had been suspended immediately "pending investigation into hazing activities which perpetuate sexual misconduct."

 

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One student on campus said the video has been disseminated widely across the university. 

ATO has run into problems in the past. In 2010, 100 out of 126 members of the house were kicked out  following an investigation into hazing and alcohol violations.

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Fraternity members at the time denied knowing anything about hazing, though ATO CEO Wynn Smiley said suspended members considered the fraternity "party central."

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