Alpha Tau Omega: “Indiana University fraternity” has been suspended amid a hazing investigation

Alpha Tau Omega: Indiana University fraternity has been suspended amid a hazing investigation

The Indy Star reports Indiana University​ suspended the Alpha Tau Omega chapter in response to a viral video that appears to show a possible sexual assault taking place during a hazing ceremony.

“The national ATO has closed the ATO chapter in Bloomington as a fraternity,” IU spokesperson Mark Land said. “It no longer exists.”

According to a statement from the university Thursday, credible video evidence of a 21-year-old member performing a sex act in front of other chapter members led to the initial suspension Oct. 7.

“The video is highly offensive and is antithetical to the values of Alpha Tau Omega,” Wynn Smiley, chief executive officer for Alpha Tau Omega’s national office, said in the statement.

According to the statement, the investigation conducted by the national fraternity found that the sexual act performed in the video was done by an initiated member of Alpha Tau Omega, not a pledge, and that about half of the chapter’s approximated 140 members were present.

The closing of the chapter is immediately effective and means all chapter activities must cease. The national fraternity will continue to work with the university on the investigation, the statement said.

“We fully support this decision,” Land said.

Land said, as he understands it, ATO is no longer a fraternity at IU. The University does not own the house that previously housed the chapter and therefore cannot make the decision on whether or not the ATO members will have to vacate the house on Third Street.

“We cannot force anybody out of that house,” Land said.

According to the Alpha Tau Omega national office, there has been no decision to evict the former brothers of the IU ATO chapter. The ATO Alumni Housing Corporation will be meeting within the next few days to decide whether or not these students will be evicted.

Because the fraternity no longer exists, the investigation is now focused on whether the actions of individuals involved in the incident are violations of the student code of conduct, according to Land.