Apologies Offered On Behalf Of Expelled University of Oklahoma Students

March 10, 2015

By Hailey Branson-Potts and Matt Pearce at Los Angeles Times

Hours after the University of Oklahoma expelled two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity Tuesday for leading a racist chant in a video that went viral, one student apologized, and the parents of the other student apologized for him.

The national fraternity said the chant did not reflect its 15,000 collegiate members, but also said that incidents involving other chapters and other members had come to light and would be investigated.

“This is absolutely not who we are,” SAE said in a statement.

“We apologize for the unacceptable and racist behavior of the individuals in the video, and we are disgusted that any member would act in such a way,” the fraternity said.

University President David Boren had announced the students’ expulsions for playing a “leadership role” in the chant, which he said created a hostile environment for other students. A day earlier, he banned the fraternity from campus and evicted the members from their house...

Schools: University of Oklahoma