UR re­scinds ad­mis­sions of­fer to stu­dent over video

‘Racially charged’ so­cial me­dia post drew on­line protest

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NEWS - BY JUSTIN MAT­TINGLY Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch jmat­tingly@timesdis­patch.com (804) 649-6012 Twit­ter: @jmat­tingly306

The Univer­sity of Rich­mond has re­scinded an ad­mis­sions of­fer to a stu­dent who the col­lege said posted an “of­fen­sive and racially charged” video on so­cial me­dia.

In a state­ment Wed­nes­day, the univer­sity did not iden­tify the stu­dent nor did it elab­o­rate on the con­tent of the video. The video “did not re­flect the Univer­sity’s val­ues or its com­mit­ment to a thriv­ing and in­clu­sive com­mu­nity,” ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, which added that UR was made aware of the video late Mon­day.

“Ad­mis­sion to the Univer­sity of Rich­mond is of­fered with the con­di­tion that stu­dents wish­ing to join our com­mu­nity main­tain the aca­demic and so­cial/be­hav­ioral stan­dards on which ad­mis­sions is based — stan­dards ex­pected of all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity,” the state­ment read. “Vi­o­la­tion of those stan­dards has re­sulted in a re­view and re­con­sid­er­a­tion of the ad­mis­sion de­ci­sion.”

An on­line pe­ti­tion urg­ing the univer­sity to re­voke the stu­dent’s ad­mis­sion of­fer re­ceived 2,743 sig­na­tures be­fore it was closed af­ter UR’s an­nounce­ment.

“If there is truly ‘No Room for Hate’” on UR’s cam­pus, we must not wel­come peo­ple who prop­a­gate racist sen­ti­ment and openly dis­re­spect Black lives into our com­mu­nity,” the pe­ti­tion read, adding later on re­vok­ing the ad­mis­sions of­fer: “This is the ONLY re­sponse that will ev­i­dence that Rich­mond truly cares about its Black stu­dents and has zero tol­er­ance for hate. We are TIRED of hate­ful in­ci­dents oc­cur­ring with no con­se­quences.”

Ear­lier this year, three UR stu­dents were the tar­gets of racist van­dal­ism that drew crit­i­cism from stu­dents and Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Crutcher.

UR is not the only col­lege in the U.S. tak­ing back ad­mis­sions of­fers.

Mar­quette Univer­sity re­scinded an of­fer to a lacrosse re­cruit be­cause of a Snapchat post on the killing of Min­nesota man Ge­orge Floyd, whose death has prompted mass calls for ra­cial jus­tice and protests across the coun­try. The Naval Academy re­voked an ad­mis­sions of­fer over racist, trans­pho­bic and sex­ist state­ments on Dis­cord, an on­line chat plat­form, The Cap­i­tal Gazette re­ported Mon­day.

“The Univer­sity of Rich­mond re­mains stead­fastly com­mit­ted to fos­ter­ing a thriv­ing, in­clu­sive com­mu­nity, and to our en­dur­ing val­ues of di­ver­sity, in­clu­siv­ity, and eq­uity,” Wed­nes­day’s state­ment read.

More than 400 UR fac­ulty and staff is­sued a state­ment ear­lier this month crit­i­ciz­ing ra­cial in­jus­tice, ac­cord­ing to The Col­le­gian, the univer­sity’s stu­dent news­pa­per.

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