The University of Oklahoma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has hired a very high-profile lawyer after being kicked off campus in the aftermath of the racist-chant video coming to light.
The fraternity has engaged the services of Stephen Jones, best known as the lead defense attorney for Timothy McVeigh during the Oklahoma City bombing trial. In a press conference, Jones stated that the preference is to avoid litigation in the matter, but suing the school, and potentially President David Boren, isn’t off the table.
Jones told affiliate NewsChannel 4 in Oklahoma that his clients were angered over the summary closing of their house and having their entire fraternity labeled by Boren as racists.
“Obviously there are issues about First Amendment rights, due process and real estate issues, but we’re still gathering documents,” said Jones.
On Wednesday, Boren announced the creation of a vice president of diversity to help improve activities to make university life feel more inclusive and to aid in diversifying the pool of applicants for faculty and staff positions, according to NewsOK.com.