SMU Fraternity Chapter Suspended After Alleged Neighbor Harassment

Cameras appear to show students urinating, writing obscenities, throwing meat.

ByABC News
March 5, 2015, 11:03 AM

— -- A Texas fraternity at Southern Methodist University was placed on indefinite suspension amid a neighbor’s claims that students have been harassing him for months, a fraternity official said.

Tim O’Connell said he and his wife have faced problems after complaining about the students’ noise. The couple’s security cameras appear to capture their neighbors urinating on their property, writing obscenities in the snow and throwing what’s believed to be raw meat into the O’Connell’s backyard.

“They told me they pay rent and they can do whatever they want,” O’Connell said.

Some of the students living in the Dallas house are members of Sigma Chi fraternity at Southern Methodist University. The fraternity’s national chapter announced an indefinite suspension of the SMU chapter because of the dispute.

“We do not condone or endorse the actions we have been made aware of,” Sigma Chi’s national chapter said in a statement to ABC News.

O’Connell’s neighbors have not commented, but the university said it is working with police to identify the students involved.