University of Oklahoma’s chapter of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon is no more.
The school on Monday shut it down after members were caught chanting a racial slur and referencing lynching in a video that went viral.
In the clip, which initially surfaced Sunday, members of SAE are seen on a bus chanting, “There will never be a n**ger SAE,” indicating blacks would never be admitted to the fraternity. The chant also includes the line, “You can hang them from a tree.”
“You are disgraceful. You have violated all that we stand for,” OU president, David Boren, said in a statement. “Real Sooners are not racist. Real Sooners are not bigots.”
Boren set a deadline of midnight Tuesday for the members of SAE to get their belongings out of the fraternity house. The school opened an investigation to determine who was involved, and Boren said he was consulting with school lawyers and would consider “all possible punishment,” including expulsion.
“I’d be happy if they left, the ones who were involved,” Boren told reporters. “I know not every member of this fraternity was involved. But a large number were, a busload.”
He said school investigators have identified “one or two or three individuals” and ventured that some may decide to leave the school on their own. He said he would pay the bus fare himself.