EDUCATION

University of Oklahoma president expels 2 students over racist chant caught on video

  • Two men load a couch from the now closed University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house into a moving truck, in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 10, 2015.  University President David Boren expelled two students Tuesday after he said they were identified as leaders of a racist chant captured on video during a fraternity event. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Two men load a couch from the now closed University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house into a moving truck, in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 10, 2015. University President David Boren expelled two students Tuesday after he said they were identified as leaders of a racist chant captured on video during a fraternity event. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

  • University of Oklahoma President David Boren talks with the media before the start of a Board of Regents meeting in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Two students have been expelled from the University following an incident in which members of a fraternity were caught on video chanting a racial slur. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    University of Oklahoma President David Boren talks with the media before the start of a Board of Regents meeting in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Two students have been expelled from the University following an incident in which members of a fraternity were caught on video chanting a racial slur. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two students he says have been identified as leading a racist chant as part of a fraternity event.

Boren said in a statement Tuesday the two students were dismissed for creating a "hostile learning environment for others." The students' names were not released.

The video posted online shows several people on a bus participating in a chant that included a racial slur, referenced lynching and indicated black students would never be admitted to OU's chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Boren says he hopes the dismissal of the two students will help students realize "it is wrong to use words to hurt, threaten, and exclude other people."

Boren severed ties with the fraternity on Monday and ordered its house shuttered.