But she added, “the sorority acted very responsibly because what the students did in this case violated their organization’s terms of being inclusive and non-discriminatory.”
Officials with the sorority released a statement saying “we condemn the discriminatory and hateful language used in a video posted by former members of Delta Zeta, as these actions are inconsistent with our founding values that we strive to uphold every day.”
“We are a diverse and inclusive organization and are appalled about the actions of these former members, as we deeply respect all members of the Greek and the campus community. We took immediate action upon learning of the situation and these individuals are no longer members of Delta Zeta because we do not tolerate any form of discrimination,” said officials.
The incident is the latest high-profile racial incident involving students at Miami’s main Oxford campus.
Last week members of a Miami student group called Black Action Movement 2.0 (BAM) presented a list of demands to top university officials — saying the actions they advocate will improve what they describe as toxic racial environment at the school.
BAM issued a statement on the Delta Zeta incident on social media, saying its student members “applaud Delta Zeta National’s response to this intolerant video.”
“They acted quickly to remove the women whose used derogatory language and issued a statement condemning the actions within days of the event occurring. We expect similar responses from other fraternities, sororities, and organizations when these type of incidents occur,” said BAM officials.
BAM officials said more meetings with Miami officials and public demonstrations are coming to the Butler County school, which has a black student enrollment of about 4 percent.
On Tuesday, two students at Miami University Hamilton’s campus were caught on video vandalizing an anti-abortion display and will face unspecified punishment from the school.