NORMAN, Okla. -- Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity have until tonight to leave their frat house. This, after members of the fraternity were seen taking part in a racist chant that was caught on video.
University President David Boren says the people in the video were acting in a "reprehensible and disgraceful" way. He joined students at a pre-dawn rally on the campus in Norman early Monday, just hours after the national Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity said an investigation had confirmed the contents of the online video. It announced that it was closing the local chapter.
The 10-second video filmed on Saturday and released by Unheard, a student organization at OU, appears to show members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chanting "there will never be a nig*** in SAE." The chant continues, “you can hang them from a tree, but they’ll never sign with me.”
The video appears to have been taken on a charter bus, with at least one of the chanting students wearing a tuxedo.
On Sunday, the national president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity said the OU chapter has been placed on "immediate cease and desist."