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University officials, students react to racist chant

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A video showing members of a fraternity using a racist chant went viral, upsetting students across the country.

University of Oklahoma officials say the video shows members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) Fraternity in a racist chant that uses the n-word.

Students on University of Memphis' campus were appalled by the video.

"It's disturbing, it's disappointing to see in college students," said student Ryan Wilson.

University of Oklahoma officials closed the SAE chapter on its campus and suspended fraternity members.

"Unfortunately, bad things can happen when people make poor decisions," said University of Memphis Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Daniel Armitage.

Armitage's office was involved when U of M disciplined on-campus fraternities in 2006 and 2009. In 2006, an SAE member said he was ridiculed for bringing a black girl to a party. In 2009, swastikas were painted on a house rented by a Jewish fraternity.

Armitage says he and other school officials dealt with these incidents. He also says SAE and any other Greek organization involved in racist activity will be punished.

The SAE fraternity's national office apologized for the racist comments and disbanded University of Oklahoma's chapter. They say SAE has a zero tolerance policy for racism.

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