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(NORMAN, Okla.) — Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national headquarters closed its chapter at the University of Oklahoma Sunday after a video emerged purportedly showing members of the chapter singing a racist chant.

The video, posted to Twitter by Unheard, which describes itself as “an alliance of Black students organized for change within campus administration and atmosphere,” shows young men on a bus chanting “There will never be a [racial epithet] at SAE.”

The tweet, directed at OU president David Boren, says “Racism is alive at The University of Oklahoma.”


Racism is alive at The University of Oklahoma. @President_Boren pic.twitter.com/eAvnPD8jxA

— Unheard (@OU_Unheard) March 8, 2015

Chelsea Davis, one of two co-directors of Unheard, said the video was recorded during the weekend. Unheard was begun at the beginning of the semester to demand change, especially relating to diversity issues, Davis said.

“Clearly in that video, that is nothing new. That is nothing that just sparks up overnight. That is a chant that was well known, well versed, and seemed to be okay with everybody that was involved,” said Davis, a junior at the university.

Boren responded on Twitter, saying, “If the video is indeed of OU students, this behavior will not be tolerated and is contrary to all of our values.”



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


Boren later tweeted an “updated” response.


Updated statement attached. – DBo pic.twitter.com/xIvnd9otgu

— David Boren (@President_Boren) March 9, 2015

Brad Cohen, the national president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, said the chapter “has immediately been placed on a cease and desist.”

In a statement, the national SAE organization said it closed the Oklahoma Kappa chapter at the University of Oklahoma and suspended all of the fraternity’s members — and the members involved with the incident could have their membership privileges revoked permanently.



Please find our statement and actions in regards to our chapter at the Univ of Oklahoma here – http://t.co/CHNLvp1Ijw

— Sigma Alpha Epsilon (@sae1856) March 9, 2015

“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.

Unheard said that students plan to demonstrate on the university’s North Oval in response to the video at about 7:30 a.m. local time on Monday.


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