President of University of Oklahoma expels two students after SAE racist chant incident

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NORMAN, Okla. (PIX11) – Two students at University of Oklahoma were expelled Tuesday after being identified as playing “a leadership role” in the racist chant video that went viral.

President David L. Boren announced that he expelled two students for creating “a hostile learning environment for others.” He wrote that the nine-second video “was not only heard on the bus, but also impacted the entire university community” because of its wildfire spread on social media.

“I have emphasized that there is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma,” President Boren wrote Tuesday.

His administration plans to continue investigation into students involved in the chant. “Once their identities have been confirmed, they will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.”

In the now-infamous YouTube video, students who belong to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity are heard chanting, “There will never be a ni**** in SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me.”

The video was posted online Sunday by the University’s black student organization Unheard. President Boren took less than an hour to give his response.

Hours later, he announced “all ties and affiliations between this University and the local SAE chapter” were severed. To the students in the video, he said “you are disgraceful. You have violated all that we stand for. You should not have the privilege of calling yourselves “Sooners.”

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