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University Condemns Social Media Video by OU Students

OU Nightly is investigating a racially charged video that surfaced on Twitter earlier today. Olivia Urban, an OU student, is seen in the video appearing in black face and is heard saying the N-word. The video was recorded by Francie Ford, and posted to her Snapchat.

The University of Oklahoma has released a statement regarding the matter calling the video “inappropriate and derogatory” and says “students have the freedom of expression, the negative impact on such conduct cannot be underestimated.” They are currently investigating the video further.

The Office of University Community has issued the following statement:
“We have been made aware of an inappropriate and derogatory video circulating on social media posted by an OU student. The University of Oklahoma abhors such conduct and condemns the students’ actions and behavior in the strongest terms possible. While students have the freedom of expression, the negative impact on such conduct cannot be underestimated. The university is following up with the students. Our goal is to be a welcoming and inclusive community and we condemn any behavior whose goal is to diminish or belittle other members of the OU community.”

OU Nightly has reached out for comments, and has yet to hear back. The Black Student Association is preparing a statement on the matter. We have also received word that the Student Government Association will be releasing a joint statement with Student Life and Student Affairs today.

UPDATE 4:19 p.m.
 
The OU Tri Delta (Theta Gamma) chapter president and executive council are preparing to release a public statement.
A message has been sent to the OU chapter members notifying them of a mandatory meeting regarding the incident.

We will continue to update the story as we gather more information.

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