Frat has until tonight to leave

Students move their furniture out of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at the University of Oklahoma on Monday, March. 9, 2015 in Norman, Okla. President David Boren of the University of Oklahoma severed the school's ties with a national fraternity on Monday and ordered that its on-campus house be shuttered after several members took part in a racist chant caught in an online video. (AP Photo/Nick Oxford)

NORMAN, Oklahoma (AP) — Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity have until tonight to leave their frat house. This, after members of the fraternity were seen taking part in a racist chant that was caught on video.

University President David Boren says the people in the video were acting in a “reprehensible and disgraceful” way. He joined students at a pre-dawn rally on the campus in Norman early today, just hours after the national Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity said an investigation had confirmed the contents of the online video. It announced that it was closing the local chapter.

The video shows several people chanting a racial slur and indicating blacks would never be admitted to the fraternity. The chant also makes reference to lynching.

A link to the video had been posted by a black student group on campus after someone called it to the group’s attention.

The video appears to have been taken on a charter bus, with at least one of the chanting students wearing a tuxedo.

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