University May Boot Students for Racist Chant Video

Members of the Oklahoma University chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon have been asked to move out of their house by midnight after their racist chant went viral.
Members of the Oklahoma University chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon have been asked to move out of their house by midnight after their racist chant went viral. (Reuters)

The University of Oklahoma is looking to suspend or expel students who were found singing a song filled with racial epithets, its president said on Tuesday. 

On Monday, the university closed the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, which was linked to a video of students singing the song, ordered its members to move out of fraternity's house and labeled the actions of those involved "disgraceful." 

"If I'm allowed to, these students will face suspension or expulsion," University President David Boren told CNN. 

He said the school has no tolerance for racism and is examining what it can do under U.S. civil rights laws. 

The 10-second video, which was posted online on Sunday, on was shot on a bus chartered for a date night by the fraternity. Students were seen chanting in unison, using offensive language referring to blacks and vowing never to admit them into the fraternity. 

Sigma Alpha Epsilon members have been given until midnight on Tuesday to remove their belongings and vacate their house at the university. 

A sorority that may have been involved in the date night, the Tri Delta group, said it was cooperating with the university's investigation. Its house on campus has not faced any sanctions.

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