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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

When an image depicting a KKK member showed up on the University of Iowa campus Friday, many were shocked, even scared.

The university's response has come under fire. Some thought it may have been a threat, believing officers didn't respond soon enough.

"I don't think there is anyone who is unfamiliar or uncertain about how that particular paraphernalia would be understood or how it might be interpreted within a particular frightening light," said Michael Hill, associate professor.

Now, many are using the display as a conversation starter. They're hoping to see change on campus.

Earlier this week, university president Sally Mason sent an email saying she is open to having those conversations and already has some scheduled.

Tuesday, the university's African American Council brought up three main concerns moving forward:

-They feel diversity on campus now focuses on international diversity instead of racial diversity.
-They believe it's harder to get money for multi-cultural programming.
-They say as the university grows, the number of minorities on campus isn't keeping up.

"Whether you intended this or not, you now have an environment wherein these kinds of reactions are possible and certainly are taking place, and what is your reaction going to be to that? How do you feel about individuals expressing these opinions?" said Hill.

University President Sally Mason will be meeting with students Wednesday to discuss their feelings and thoughts on the situation moving forward.

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