Several women students at Yale University have alleged that members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity barred them from entering the fraternity house for a Halloween party. The women students said that a guard at the door to the fraternity house told them, “We’re only looking for White girls.” When news of the incident was spread on social media, several other students reported that they too had been turned away from functions at the fraternity house due to a “Whites only” policy.
Members of the fraternity denied that a “Whites only” policy was in effect. However, it should be noted that earlier this year members of the same fraternity at the University of Oklahoma were caught on video chanting, “You can hang him from a tree, but he’ll never sign with me. There will never be a nigger at SAE.” The University of Oklahoma students admitted that they had learned the chant at a national meeting of the fraternity.
The fraternity was founded at the University of Alabama in 1856. The Yale University chapter was founded in 1988.