Boren: 25 students disciplined, origin of chant discovered
NORMAN — OU President David Boren released the findings of an investigation into a fraternity following the release of a video showing members engaged in a racist chant.Boren released the findings at a press conference Friday on the OU campus. University investigators interviewed over 150 people involved with Sigma Alpha Epsilon and found the chant was learned by chapter members on a SAE national leadership cruise four years ago. The chant was then brought back to the OU SAE chapter and taught to pledges as part of the formal and informal pledge process. Boren announced that 17 students on the bus and 25 total were disciplined as a result of the investigation. Boren also announced he has written a letter to the executive director of SAE to determine what steps they are taking to determine the extent of the chant and how they will remedy it.SAE's national headquarters confirmed members likely learned the chant while attending a leadership cruise but Executive Director Blaine Ayers said the organization has no evidence that the chant is widespread across the fraternity. "We remain committed to identifying and rooting out racist behavior from SAE, and we are actively investigating all of our local organizations to determine whether there are issues in any other location," Ayers saidThe university began the probe into the now defunct chapter after the video's release.After the release of the video, Boren and the school severed ties with the fraternity, closed the house, and expelled two students. The video showed members of the fraternity repeating a chant that referenced lynching and African American students, as well as a racial slur.An attorney representing the local chapter, Stephen Jones, said Wednesday an agreement was reached with university officials that calls for no more expulsions of fraternity members.