Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national headquarters shut down its University of Oklahoma chapter after a video emerged showing members of the chapter singing a racist n-word filled chant.
The video, which was exposed on Twitter, shows fraternity members on a bus chanting, “There will never be a n—-r at SAE.”
OU president David Boren said in a tweet that the university will not tolerate racism.
If the video is indeed of OU students, this behavior will not be tolerated and is contrary to all of our values. We are investigating. – DBo
— David Boren (@President_Boren) March 9, 2015
As of last night, the president of the fraternity said the chapter has been suspended indefinitely.
@Melyssious The chapter has immediately been placed on a cease & desist. No place for racism. They will be dealt with!
— Brad Cohen (@SAE_ESA_brad) March 9, 2015
SAE’s national chapter released a statement about the incident:
“We apologize for the unacceptable and racist behavior of the individuals in the video, and we are disgusted that any member would act in such a way. Furthermore, we are embarrassed by this video and offer our empathy not only to anyone outside the organization who is offended but also to our brothers who come from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities,” Sigma Alpha Epsilon wrote in an online statement.