Hofstra University on Long Island confirmed Monday it suspended its chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity after video posted on social media showed members forcing a small dog to perform a keg stand.
The university, as well as the Nassau County SPCA, are conducting separate investigations into the five-second clip that was viewed over 100,000 times on Twitter.
“It was very wrong on so many levels‚” Gary Rogers, a spokesman for the Nassau County SPCA, told The Washington Post. “I’m sure it wasn’t the dog’s idea, ‘Hey, I want some beer.’ Animals don’t make that choice.”
Rogers confirmed that the dog, a spaniel, was in SPCA’s care but had been living at the frat’s house. The dog belonged to a 21-year-old senior, one of the people in the video, he said.
“Our paramount concern is the safety of the dog,” Rogers said. “The dog is no longer in that environment.”
The video was shot at an off-campus house and posted to Snapchat before migrating to Twitter.
Several users replied and claimed “animal cruelty” was on display.
The university said anyone identified in the video would be subject to the school’s code of conduct.
The frat’s headquarters also denounced the video.
“During this investigatory period, there can be no chapter activities,” Jon Pierce, a spokesman for Alpha Epsilon Pi, told the Washington Post. “We hope that we are able to use this as a teaching moment to help build better young men who are committed to our policies and our mission of developing the future leaders of the world’s Jewish communities.”