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Univ. of Oklahoma president: Frat members 'disgraceful'

2 years 2 months 2 weeks ago March 09, 2015 Mar 9, 2015 Monday, March 09 2015 March 09, 2015 10:44 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. - The president of the University of Oklahoma says fraternity members who participated in a racist chant caught on video are "disgraceful," and announced U of O would no longer associate with the fraternity.

University President David Boren joined students at a rally Monday morning on the Norman campus. The Oklahoman newspaper reports that Boren said, "real Sooners are not bigots, real Sooners are not racist."

Sigma Alpha Epsilon said Sunday night that an investigation confirmed the contents of an online video showing multiple people chanting a racial slur and indicating blacks would never be admitted to the fraternity. The chant also references lynching.

The national fraternity says it's "embarrassed" by the "unacceptable and racist" behavior, and was closing the local chapter. Despite that, Boren said his university would permanently sever their ties with the national organization.

The video was first posted online by a black student group. It wasn't clear how the video was obtained.

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