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WVU fraternity suspended over member’s ‘Real World’ audition video

A view of fraternity houses along North High Street and Belmar Avenue on the WVU Campus in Morgantown, January 2015.

A Delta Tau Delta fraternity chapter at West Virginia University has been suspended in response to a disparaging video posted by a local member auditioning for a reality television program.

The fraternity’s national headquarters indefinitely suspended the chapter on Tuesday after the video was condemned by the WVU Interfraternity Council. The fraternity and student face possible disciplinary action from the council and university Office of Student Conduct.

The student, who has not been named, posted the video to his personal YouTube account. He was auditioning for MTV’s “Real World,” which had open casting calls on campus last month.

In a statement, the council said the video showed the student touring the fraternity house while making inappropriate comments about women, describing social functions that violate the council’s conduct code and referencing activities that violated Delta Tau Delta’s values.

In that statement, the council said the incident will be reviewed and that appropriate sanctions will be imposed.

“It’s unfortunate that the actions of one individual sully the reputation of an entire organization, but the attitudes and behavior lifted up in this video are inconsistent with the values of Greek life in general and this university in particular,” said Roy Baker, associate dean of students and director of Greek life.

Baker went on to say the negative attention is “unfortunate” because nearly 1,000 Greek members volunteered for community service projects last week.

“That is certainly more indicative of what Greek life is about,” he said.

The council said in its statement that it would not tolerate unacceptable behavior from fraternity members at WVU.

In the last two years, the university has tried to change the culture surrounding Greek life on campus in response to a series of incidents, one including the death of first-year student and Kappa Sigma pledge Nolan Burch.