NORMAN, Okla. – The national chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has closed the chapter on OU’s campus following a viral video.
All members have been suspended.
We’re told members have moved out of the house overnight.
Just hours after the video was posted on the Internet, the fraternity house was hit by vandals.
Spray paint now covers the side of the building, including the phrase, “Tear it down.”
Police are now standing guard at the fraternity house.
In 2011, the same fraternity chapter came under fire following a member’s death from excessive alcohol consumption.
Several students protested along OU’s North Oval on Monday morning.
OU President David Boren released the following statement on the incident:
“To those who have misused their free speech in such a reprehensible way, I have a message for you. You are disgraceful. You have violated all that we stand for. You should not have the privilege of calling yourselves “Sooners.” Real Sooners are not racist. Real Sooners are not bigots. Real Sooners believe in equal opportunity. Real Sooners treat all people with respect. Real Sooners love each other and take care of each other like family members. Effective immediately, all ties and affiliations between this University and the local SAE chapter are hereby severed. I direct that the house be closed and that members will remove their personal belongings from the house by midnight tomorrow. Those needing to make special arrangements for possessions shall contact the Dean of Students.”
“All of us will redouble our efforts to create the strongest sense of family and community. We vow that we will be an example to the entire country of how to deal with this issue. There must be zero tolerance for racism everywhere in our nation.”