IUP has made it clear once again that the university does not tolerate hate.
A video surfaced Sept. 6 that featured an IUP student ranting and using racial slurs. The student also made threats in the video.
News of this video caused students to put forth a petition to expel student Nicholas Enders, a criminology major.
The petition now has more than 1,000 signatures.
“Removing students that circulate hate and violence would make the campus a safer, more positive place for minorities,” the petition created by Rachel Henderson (criminology) said.
Students who signed the petition had a lot to say, including how unsafe it made campus for the African-American community.
“This isn't the first time acts of racism against African-American students have happened at IUP,” wrote Kyah Flythe. “And it isn't safe for the African-American population or any other population at IUP to be around this individual.”
In regards to the video, Vice President of Student Affairs Thomas Segar sent an email to the school discussing what had happened and what the school would do about the matter.
“Hate has no place in our community, and we do not condone incidents of discrimination or racist messages,” the email said.
The email also said that the school has been in contact with Enders and that they are taking appropriate action.
In a statement Enders made to KDKA, he said, “I was not in my right mind. That is not how I feel at all towards other races. I love everyone and hope people can understand that wasn’t the real me in the video. I was extremely intoxicated and possibly roofied. I know it’s no excuse, but that’s the only justifiable reason I have for saying what I did.”
As previously stated by Flythe, this is not the first scandal the school has had with racism. In 2017, a Snapchat photo circulated.
In 2015, a different Snapchat had floated around that showed African-American students at the library.
A similar petition had been created for these two incidents. IUP took care of those previous matters quickly and the students were disciplined.
To ease some of the concerns of students and the community, an email was sent Sept. 8 inviting students to a discussion titled “A Community Response to Hate at IUP.” It was sent by Segar and IUP chief diversity and inclusion officer Elise Glenn.
“We need all constructive voices working together to make IUP a place where we actively continue to promote diversity, equity and inclusion,” Segar said in the email.
The event will be held 6 p.m Tuesday in the Great Hall of Elkin. Anyone who can’t attend but would like to put in a word or comment can email email@example.com.