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Iowa State responds to racist social media post

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A racist Snapchat post by an Iowa State student has the university investigating.

The picture shows 3 students in front of the Black Engineering Building with a racial slur in the caption.

The person who took it told the Iowa State Daily Newspaper the post was meant to be funny.

The university met with the students involved.

If the university believes it was harassment, the students could face some kind of disciplinary action.

Here's a statement from Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Martino Harmon:

"The social media post containing a slur that was reported today was racist, thoughtless and hurtful. It was particularly troubling in light of the recent occurrences in Charlottesville and is further evidence of a continuing need to fight racist attitudes from all sources. We are clearly not where we need to be. This in no way reflects the attitudes or values of Iowa State University and is counter to the climate we are attempting to build.

We value all of our students. As part of our new student onboarding, we will reinforce diversity and inclusion and teach and demonstrate our Principles of Community. We are also working to improve our new student onboarding to address campus climate issues. As a University, our goal is to ensure that all of our students are safe, included, and have the ability to succeed. We will continue to work with the specific students involved in this incident as well as all other students, faculty, staff, and administrators to advance toward this goal."

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