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SU students protest against fraternity


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSTM) - Outside Syracuse University's chancellor's home, a large number of students met to have their voices heard.

The protest came hours after a video surfaced online made by members of a now-suspended fraternity.

The university sent an email to all students saying the sentiments in the video won't be tolerated.

"For it to happen in a manner that the administration would actually call it out this time, it was time for us to be like if they're willing to say it happened, it's time for us to make sure they do something about it," Isaiah Nins said.

Concerned students walked to Hendricks Chapel on campus where university leaders, including the department of campus safety, talked about the school's response and moving forward.

"We really can't have this kind of culture on campus, it's 2018 and everyone should be loving each other, and respecting each other. This is a university," one student said.

Only a select few have seen the video, but others have an idea of what could have been said. Many students say they want the people who made the video to take responsibility for their actions and learn from them.

"I think we're allowed to see what they're saying, I don't think it should be withheld to protect the individuals that did it," Saumya Melwani said.

Student Nicholas Hui is in a fraternity at Syracuse University, and hearing about this video makes him upset.

"Whether they're gay, straight, what color their skin are, what ethnicity they are, whether they're disabled or not; you got to learn how to accept it," Hui said.

Colin Mackenzie is one of the students that started the protest. He says he is one of many students that is disgusted by the fraternity's actions.

"We're talking about accessibility, we're talking about equality and equity," Mackenzie said.

"I'm here because I want to stand for change, I want to make sure that when I leave this campus, I don't just leave with four years and a degree, I leave with change," Melwani said.

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