Statement by Dean of Students on Fraternity Issues

The following is a statement by The University of Texas at Austin Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly:

After recent events involving the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma, our office was made aware of online allegations of similar behavior at our local chapter of SAE. We connected with local chapter leadership yesterday, who confirmed they do not perform the chant or anything similar. They also confirmed never having heard the chant before and stated such behavior had no place in their organization. Our office is also reaching out to former and current students involved with SAE for a more complete review.

Answering questions about past behavior may take time, but we wanted to let the community know right now that our local chapter of SAE reports no awareness of the chant and expresses strong disapproval of it.