CSU expels student over violent racist, homophobic Snapchat posts
Fort Collins Coloradoan
After a push from students and campus leaders, Colorado State University has expelled an incoming freshman over a pair of racist and homophobic Snapchat posts and conversations from early June.
“Due to the violent and threatening nature of the language used, this post moved beyond the protections of the First Amendment and prompted a review through CSU’s student conduct process …” according to a statement sent to the Coloradoan and later posted on the university’s social media channels Wednesday afternoon.
“… As a result the individual has been disciplinarily expelled from Colorado State University,” the statement continued.
In screenshots sent to the Coloradoan last month, the post in question appeared to show a selfie of a young, white male with text typed over it advocating for violence against Black people and using a racial slur.
In a separate screenshot, that same individual went on a racist and homophobic rant in a Snapchat group message, referencing slavery while using racial and homophobic slurs directed at an individual in the chat.
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A since-deleted student-led petition began circulating online, identifying the student, describing him as an incoming freshman and advocating that the student’s admission to the university be revoked. CSU Spokesman Mike Hooker declined to confirm the student’s identity at the time, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The Snapchat post and conversation is the latest bias-related incident to gain attention at CSU. Last fall, a photo of four CSU students in blackface went viral on social media and, not long after, a swastika was found drawn on a wall at a campus apartment complex.
In a virtual town hall on Monday, CSU President Joyce McConnell addressed protests and calls for the defunding of the CSU police department amid nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
Floyd, a Black man, was killed in police custody after a white officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. That officer and others on scene at the time of his death have been charged in his killing.
“I share your sense of urgency to truly rethink and recommit to what makes us all feel safe and valued in our communities,” McConnell said, adding that she committed to creating a task force on “campus, community and personal safety.”
The task force will be charged with providing initial recommendations by mid-August, McConnell said.
“We are addressing these issues with urgent, forward-focused work that will nonetheless take time,” she said.
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