(NORMAN, Okla.) — The University of Oklahoma fraternity members who were recorded singing a racist chant on a bus learned the song during a leadership cruise held by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national organization four years ago, university officials announced on Friday.
The University of Oklahoma’s chapter of SAE was closed earlier this month after the recording was released online. Two students were subsequently expelled from the school.
The university launched an investigation into the use of the chant, and school president David Boren announced on Friday that school officials had found that the 2011 cruise was the first known contact that their students had with the song.
It was then brought back to the school’s chapter where it was shared with members and pledges for the past four years.
Boren says there is no evidence this was a nationally sanctioned chant, but that it appears to have been widely known by SAE members from around the country at that leadership cruise.
No further details about the cruise have been released, including where it sailed and how many members were involved.
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