Oklahoma University responds quickly after racist fraternity video surfaces

March 12, 2015

Officials reacted swiftly to a video that surfaced earlier this week in which members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity at the University of Oklahoma (OU) sang along with a racist chant. OU has expelled 2 students identified as leading the chant in the video, and the other students involved may face disciplinary action when identified. OU President David Boren reacted quickly to the video, calling the students “disgraceful” and suggesting that they were creating a “hostile learning environment for others.” The SAE national leadership team has suspended the entire membership of the OU chapter and will permanently revoke their memberships in the fraternity, and will close the OU chapter. In a statement on its website, SAE said, “any behavior that is not aligned with the conduct we expect is unacceptable. Equally unacceptable is bystander behavior of members who fail to intervene when they witness conduct that deviates from our beliefs.” One of the students involved has issued a statement apologizing for his actions, saying he “completely ignored the core values and ethics I learned from my parents and others.” The parents of another involved student issued a statement apologizing to the "entire African-American community, University of Oklahoma student body, and administration." The Chronicle of Higher Education | National Post | Globe and Mail | Dallas Morning News (Student statements) | SAE Statement