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Emails detail U. of Iowa reaction to KKK symbol on campus

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - In hundreds of emails from administrators just released from the University of Iowa, KWWL has learned how students, employees, alumni and community members reacted to a piece of artwork that looked like a member of the KKK on the Pentacrest.

Some were supportive of the artist, citing the First Amendment. Others found the image offensive.

"We are amongst a community of people who do not accept diversity and are not interested in creating a more inclusive University of Iowa," said one student, signing an email as "A student who is uncomfortable at the UIOWA." "What do you plan to do about this?"

The day the display went up, students marched to the president's office. Though the university didn't say so at the time, just-released emails indicated what people were asking from the university. The list included:

- A public apology from the artist and university

- Consequences for the artist

- A meeting with Sally Mason once she returned to campus.

Mason later announced she would be meeting with students when she got back --and many requested to be in that meeting.

From the emails, we now know the university helped select the group of 12-15 students, who created a list of requests.

The university felt many would "be tough to provide."

Among the requests:

- A public apology from the artist and consequences for him.

- Yearly cultural responsiveness training for everyone on campus.

- A diversity steering committee that would report directly to the president.

Students also requested the university have more oversight of its social media accounts. Someone from the University tweeted a picture of the image, which many felt was supportive of the artwork. It was later deleted.
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