(Reuters) - A University of Oklahoma fraternity has been closed and its members suspended by its national leadership after a video surfaced online in which students chanted about lynchings and used racist epithets.
"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," Sigma Alpha Epsilon's national headquarters said in a statement.
"We have more than 15,000 collegiate members across the nation, and this incident should not reflect on other brothers because this type of hateful action is not what Sigma Alpha Epsilon stands for," it added.
In the 10-second video, which was posted online on Sunday and replayed by several media outlets, students on a bus chanted in unison using offensive language referring to African-Americans and vowing to never admit any into the fraternity. The chant also made light of lynchings.
The leadership determined that members of its Kappa chapter at the University of Oklahoma were involved.
“I was not only shocked and disappointed but disgusted by the outright display of racism displayed in the video,” Brad Cohen, the fraternity’s national president, said in the statement, noting that “SAE is a diverse organization, and we have zero tolerance for racism."
The national leadership said it hoped to be able to re-establish the Oklahoma Kappa chapter "at some point in the future."
(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Alan Raybould)