Two days after the offensive video went viral, the university's administration takes action

By Steve Helling
Updated March 10, 2015 01:35 PM
Credit: Matt Wesling/The Oklahoma Daily

The University of Oklahoma has expelled two of the students involved in a racist chant that went viral.

In a letter dated March 10, university president David L. Boren informed the students of their fate. “You will be expelled because of your leadership role in leading a racist and exclusionary chant which has created a hostile educational environment for others,” says the letter.

The students have the right to contact the university’s equal opportunity officer if they wish to appeal the decision. If they choose to contest their expulsion, the students will be permitted to have legal counsel present.

The video posted online shows several people on a bus participating in an offensive chant saying that black students will “never” be admitted into the fraternity. It also includes a reference to lynching.

Just hours after the video went viral, officials took swift action. The fraternity’s national headquarters immediately closed the chapter, and the university evicted the group from its frat house.

“I have emphasized that there is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma,” President Boren said in a statement. “I hope that the entire nation will join us in having zero tolerance of such racism when it raises its ugly head in other situations across our country.”