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January 22, 2019 - 2:22 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two students from the University of Oklahoma have withdrawn from the school after a video in which one of the students wears blackface and uses a racial slur went viral. 

Note: The tweet and video contains offensive and racist imagery and language.

The university's president, James Gallogly, said Monday, "No one should have to worry about being mistreated and offended while pursuing their degrees or working at our university."

Because the video was recorded off-campus, Galloghly said there is very limited legal measures the university can take

In a statement Saturday, London Moore, the president of the Theta Gamma chapter of Delta Delta Delta, condemned the "racist, offensive and disgraceful" behavior seen in the video. Moore said the video "is in no way consistent with Tri Delta's ideals" and apologized to students for "this senseless act of racism."

"The woman who participated in, filmed and posted the video is no longer a member of our organization," Moore said.

The students also issued statements through the university.

"On behalf of the OU community and all diverse communities, I sincerely apologize for my actions," Frances Ford said. "Although insensitive and irresponsible, it was never my intention to hurt or humiliate anyone. I am truly heartbroken over this mistake and deeply regret any adverse reactions. Continuing education and awareness in such matters will ensure my lifelong dedication to racial equality."

And the other studemt, Olivia Urban, added: "On the night of january 18, i made the most regrettable decision of my life. I went against my common knowledge and disrespected a community i love. I'm deeply sorry to the individuals, families, and communities that i hurt. My heart hurts to see the traumatic impact my words and actions have had on those who have been hurt on my behalf. There is no excuse for this behavior, in private or in public. My intent was not to hurt, diminish, or degrade anybody inside or outside the OU community. I failed to consider at the time that my moment of ignorance disrespected a lifetime of hurt due to actions like mine in the past. I understand that actions like mine are an ongoing struggle within the black community and i hope to not only better educate myself from this but to make a difference in this ignorant behavior in the future. There is no acceptable excuse for my actions, I am deeply sorry and hope to learn from my mistake."