University of Oklahoma sets up diversity post in wake of racist video

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Posted: Mar 12, 2015 10:09 AM

By Heide Brandes

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The University of Oklahoma will create the post of vice president of diversity in the wake of a racist video linked to a fraternity at the school.

The person who assumes the job will work with the president and will have responsibilities that include making sure events at the school, which has a majority white student body, are inclusive, university officials said on Thursday.

University President David Boren has been speaking with a possible candidate for the job.

The 10-second video was shot on a bus chartered for a date night by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and shown in the Internet on Sunday. Students were seen and heard chanting in unison, using offensive language referring to blacks and vowing never to admit them to the fraternity.

Two student leaders of the song have been expelled from the university, which shut the campus' SAE house. The students have apologized for their actions.

Boren served as Oklahoma's Democratic governor from 1975 to 1979 and was a U.S. senator from 1979 to 1994.

(Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bill Trott)