MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas State University was very quick to respond to a post that they immediately condemned as “racist.”
The Snapchat picture shows the now-former student and another girl, who is not affiliated with the university, wearing dark facial mask.
The caption on Snapchat said “feels good to finally be a –“ and then refers to the “n word.”
As soon as K-State got wind of the post, officials immediately stepped in and said the university does not condone this type of inappropriate behavior.
According to K-State, the former student posted the picture on Snapchat. Someone then took a screen shot, shared it on social media, and tagged the university in the photo.
K-state took swift action and responded to the incident. Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Pat Bosco said in a statement Thursday that the photo has students, faculty, staff and other members of the K-State family upset.
“K-State prides itself on being one family, no matter your race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or abilities,” Bosco said. “All members of the K-State family deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”
The K-State’s interim Associate Provost for Diversity, Zelia Wiley, also issued a statement Thursday saying, in part, “such messages on social media are harmful to all.”
KSNW also learned the former student in the picture was a member of K-State’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. The sorority also made it very clear that the girl is no longer associated with the organization and stated her words do not reflect their values.
We have become aware that a former member of our chapter has posted racist comments on her social media channels. While she did join the Beta Upsilon Chapter at Kansas State University in 2013, she was expelled from the chapter and is no longer affiliated with the organization. Her words and actions certainly do not reflect the values and principles of Zeta Tau Alpha. Our Creed teaches us to look for the good in everyone and to seek understanding in order to gain true wisdom. Our Fraternity’s membership includes women of many races, nationalities and religions and we all strive to seek the noblest in every endeavor.
The Campus Climate Response Team is responding to the incident. The university said it will offer support services to any students affected and it will contact the people involved.