SAE releases investigaton into racist chant

Posted at 1:15 PM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 14:20:01-05

NORMAN, Okla. – The national office for the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) released its findings following an almost yearlong investigation into a racist chant that surfaced in a viral video from the University of Oklahoma.

The SAE fraternity at OU was kicked off campus and two students were expelled last March following the viral video featuring its members singing a racist chant. 

It was discovered last year after the viral video, that the members at OU “likely learned the racist chant while attending a national leadership school four years ago,” According to the national SAE office. 

After the Kappa chapter was forced off of campus, its national office was called to investigate all 235 SAE chapters.

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After the incident at OU, the organization says, they were able to pinpoint five chapters that admitted to hearing the chant in the last five years. Those who responded said they had not heard the chant since 2012, however, with the exception of the situation at OU. SAE says they provided additional education on diversity and inclusion to those chapters.

In the findings, it states that the national offices cannot confirm SAE created the racist chant. As a result of their findings and investigation, the organization hired a director of diversity and inclusion to meet with chapters around the nation.

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