Former SAE officers apologize to OU African American student leaders

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NORMAN, Okla. -- OU President David Boren released the findings Friday of an investigation into the former SAE fraternity.

The chapter was disbanded and two members expelled after a viral video surfaced showing party-goers singing a racist chant.

The students involved in the chant – about 25 of them – have faced a wide range of discipline, according to Boren, from being expelled from school to community service and mandatory cultural sensitivity training.

Friday, former SAE fraternity officers met with African American student leaders to apologize.

President Boren says the OU SAE members learned the racist chant four years ago on a national SAE leadership cruise.

“Does that mean they were taught it by some official  of the national chapter? No, I don’t think so, I think it was just there informally being passed around and sung,” Boren said.

Boren is now demanding answers from the national organization.

So are OU students like Lester Asamoah.

“I do strongly challenge that national chapter to make some answers real fast,” Asamoah said.

In what’s being called an emotional meeting Friday morning, former SAE members apologized to African American student leaders like Keith Logan.

“It was an open dialogue, it was very emotional, there were tears shed by President Boren, both sides the SAE members, us,” Logan says, “They take ownership and definitely believe what needs to happen.”

OU officials learned there was alcohol readily available at the SAE fraternity house before students loaded the bus where the chant was sung.

About a dozen high school students were at the house and were exposed to the chant on the bus.

We’re told they were invited as part of recruitment activities for the SAE Founder’s Day Event.

“We have to learn from those mistakes, sometimes tough lessons, maybe that`s best way to love and care about somebody, teach tough lessons when tough lessons need to be taught,” President Boren said.

“The measures have gone far enough, as President Boren just announced, he’s gonna take this for the long term. I think it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon in terms of moving forward,” Asamoah said.

The national SAE organization has distanced itself from the OU chapter since all this happened.

President Boren has sent a letter to the executive director calling on them to conduct their own investigation.

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