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Investigation launched after Indiana fraternity allegedly videos sexual acts

A fraternity at Indiana University has been shut down following the release of a video that showed a member of the fraternity performing sexual acts on a woman while others watched.

Alpha Tau Omega’s national office confirmed Thursday that the video was credible. It said members were not required to participate as a part of the initiation process, which would have constituted hazing, but the video did reflect an unauthorized event for which two exotic dancers were hired.

In a statement issued Thursday, Indiana University said if the allegations were proven true, they would “not be tolerated.”

“Indiana University takes its responsibility to foster a culture of care and respect among the students on its campuses extremely seriously,” university officials said.

The university said it had already ordered the fraternity to stop all activities pending a full investigation.

PBS local station WTIU reported the fraternity was previously investigated in 2010 for hazing and alcohol violations. At the time, the national ATO office kicked 100 members out of that chapter.

Sexual violence on college campuses has been a major topic of conversation in recent months. President Barack Obama launched a national campaign last year to raise awareness about sexual assault, and the Department of Justice also issued guidance earlier this year on how colleges should address sexual assault.

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