TCU opens discussion on race after viral video of OU fraternity

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    TCU’s Fraternity and Sorority Life is speaking up about a video posted on the Internet of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma.

    The video shows chapter members promoting the exclusion of African-American members from their organization through a chant.

    Members of SAE were recorded on a bus chanting “There will never be a n—– at SAE.” The chant also referenced lynching (“You can hang ’em from a tree”).

    The students leading the chant were expelled from OU, and the SAE chapter was removed from the campus.

    TCU is changing the way it addresses racial statements in order to prevent similar situations from happening on campus.

    Kathy Cavins-Tull, vice chancellor for student affairs, said TCU is talking with student organizations about how words can both build up and tear down relationships.

    TCU is also working on setting up bystander intervention training to help students and faculty feel confident about speaking up when uncomfortable situations arise, Cavins-Tull said.

    TCU’s Interfraternity Council is taking similar actions to help prevent racial incidents in their chapters.

    IFC President Diego Padilla said he has talked with chapter presidents to bring attention to the video and it’s effect on OU’s campus.

    Cavins-Tull said she doesn’t think the University of Oklahoma is alone on issues of race because similar situations have happened on other campuses.

    “There were a lot of issues happening on that bus. The chant was huge, but so was the group behavior, clear misuse of alcohol and bystander issues,” Cavins-Tull said. “These are all things that we, and every other college and university, need to work on.”

    Cavins-Tull said TCU will continue work on policy changes through the Diversity Commission on campus regarding this issue.