NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A University of Oklahoma fraternity will close and its members will be suspended after the group’s national headquarters says a video of members participating in a racist chant was posted online.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon said Sunday night that an investigation had confirmed the contents of a video showing multiple people chanting a racial slur against blacks and indicating that blacks would never be admitted to the fraternity. The chant also references lynching.
The national fraternity said in a statement that it was “embarrassed” by the “unacceptable and racist” behavior.
The video was first posted online by a black student group at OU. It wasn’t immediately clear how it was obtained.
The university said earlier Sunday that it was investigating and didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the chapter’s closure.