At the least two universities have canceled sports and admission offers to new students who made racist comments about blacks in social networks following the death of Police George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis. Other universities have initiated investigations or said they will discipline students who also post messages of hate and racially offensive.

heated debate about the controversy still taking place on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. While many students are speaking out against racial injustice, others have made Statements in defense of Derek Chauvin, the police officer accused of killing Floyd; promoted violence against demonstrators; and he said blacks should "get over it."

"In the United States is allowed to be racist, as long as you do not act on it," Sean wrote enamel, which was established to attend Xavier University this fall as a freshman in the field through and track and field teams. Glaze also they suggested that the manifestations of the Ku Klux Klan were less violent protests last week, according to catches their tweets published by WKRC a local news station. Xavier, a Jesuit institution located in Cincinnati, announced on 3 June that it had revoked the offer of admission enamel and the "racially charged offensive" messages do not reflect the values ​​of the university. The university did not disclose the name of the enamel, which was published on Twitter reports and social media.

"Xavier remains committed to maintaining a community that supports all our members who cultivate life of reflection, compassion and informed action," a Statement posted on Twitter of the university has planned.

Gabe Warren a sophomore at Xavier cross-country and track and field teams, said he could not "believe that this guy was going to say something notoriously intolerant". Warren said he and his teammates realized the messages and previous messages in which the N-Glaze used word. Warren, who is white, said, while messages do not attack personally, the team "100 percent" backed his fellow black team and making college.

"It was quite a collective shock, disappointment and horror about what he had said," Warren said. "The university definitely took the right action quickly."

In a phone call with Inside Higher Ed, enamel said he is "deeply regrettable" and has sent a letter of apology to Xavier.

Marquette University rescinds offer of admission of an incoming athlete lacrosse after screenshots of their "offensive" put on Snapchat, an application courier, were distributed at Twitter. In his post, the incoming student and justified comparison Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes with activists kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"We have taken the decision to terminate the supply of the incoming student admissions and scholarships for athletics, with immediate effect," said a tweet from Marquette, in response to a screenshot of the message of the student incoming . "We are called to build a nurturing, inclusive community where all people feel safe, supported, welcomed and celebrated."

While the name of the freshman was widely shared on Twitter, a Statement of Marquette did not name her. The Statement said the decision was taken "after an internal review involving the Division of Student Affairs, Admissions, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and interscholastic athletics, and in alignment with our Guiding value ..."

Breanna Flores, president of the Council of Marquette black student, and Lazabia Jackson, vice president of the council, told the Journal-Sentinel that while they supported the decision of the university, "time is for Marquette to wake up and meet his Jesuit values ​​and they treat their black students like they matter. " They found that black students account for only 4 percent of undergraduate enrollment of Marquette.

Other universities, like the University of Delaware and Temple University in Philadelphia have been reported students publish hate speech in the wake of Floyd death, and have issued Statements saying they are considering disciplinary action through their codes of conduct. These Statements have alarmed the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or a fire, a group of civil liberties advocates monitoring of freedom of expression on university campuses. FIRE is concerned about the investigation and punishment of students and teachers 'polemical discourse', especially in public universities, which are subject to the First Amendment, the organization said in a Statement.

It is legally easier for schools to address hate speech by incoming students to enroll students for admission offers usually have a clause that the right of schools to rescind offers, Will said reserve Creeley, senior vice president of legal and public defense of fire. , Private religious institutions such as Marquette and Xavier may even have stricter provisions establishing behavioral expectations based on principle, he said.

But legal questions remain about whether and how public institutions can discipline students for speech in the media social aspects of communication. Creeley said university administrators are looking for answers to this question of fire in the light of the recent protest of the students are responsible for tweets and messages. University nondiscrimination policy Delaware, which will be used to investigate the comments on social networks at least two students, says that "prohibits discrimination on university property" or discrimination by students and members of the staff if it occurs within a recognized university activity, creates a hostile environment for another student or member of staff, disrupts the normal university functions and "is notoriously offensive to the mission of the university" or pose a threat to the campus.

Creeley said in a way, the "social condemnation" and counterspeech against students who post offensive comments on social networks will be more effective than punishment for their universities.

"will somehow serve for the good and somehow worse to force students to think again about what they say and do on social networking accounts," Creeley said. "The 'drive first, ask questions later' answer may well be collateral damage that is unexpected or contrary to the educational mission of the university."

Warren, the athlete Xavier said racist language of the student entrance was protected by freedom of expression, but that does not mean it has "free of consequences."

"Xavier has complete freedom to remove, to the same he has complete freedom to say or not say what he said," Warren said.

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