University of Oklahoma Expelled Students Against First Amendment

Some members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the university of Oklahoma were overheard chanting the phrases ”

“There will never be a nigger at SAE
There will never be a nigger at SAE
You can hang him from a tree
But he’ll never sign with me
There will never be a nigger at SAE”

This eventually got to the President of the University and he expelled two students.

This article questions the authority of the President towards expelling students under the right of the students of freedom of speech.

According to the article by The Washington Post racist speech is constitutional protected however if the speech turns out to be violent and puts another person in danger then it might be an exception to the first amendment.

On the case of the students, the president of the university argued that they were being expelled for poor leadership and creating a hostile environment on campus.

Volokh, E. (2015, March 10). No, it’s not constitutional for the University of Oklahoma to expel students for racist speech [UPDATED in light of the students’ expulsion]. Retrieved April 26, 2015, from


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