(NORMAN, Okla.) — The University of Oklahoma has expelled two students involved in the singing of a racist chant in connection with an SAE fraternity event.
University of Oklahoma President David Boren said the students who played a leadership role had created a hostile learning environment for others.
The chant was not only heard by those on a bus, he said, but also affected the entire university community because it was also distributed through social media.
Boren said, “I have emphasized that there is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma. I hope that the entire nation will join us in having zero tolerance of such racism when it raises its ugly head in other situations across our country.”
“I am extremely proud of the reaction and response expressed by our entire university family — students, faculty, staff, and alumni about this incident. They are ‘Real Sooners’ who believe in mutual respect for all,” he continued. “I hope that students involved in this incident will learn from this experience and realize that it is wrong to use words to hurt, threaten, and exclude other people.”
“We will continue our investigation of all the students engaged in the singing of this chant. Once their identities have been confirmed, they will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action,” Boren concluded.
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