The University of South Carolina has suspended a student over a photo that showed a racial slur written in a campus study room, President Harris Pastides said Friday.
The student, who was not named, also faces university code of conduct investigations, Pastides said. A school spokesman would not say if the student faces expulsion.
The photo shows a white female student writing on a whiteboard with the slur about African-Americans.
The racial slur was listed as among the reasons why USC’s wireless Internet connections operate poorly, along with “overpopulated campus” and “incompetent professors.” The student is writing the word “parking” in the photo.
USC did not say if the female student in the photo was the person suspended by the school. While USC has not identified the woman in the photo, her name was shared on social media posts that included many angry comments about the slur and the student.
“Today, the unfortunate and disappointing act of a student in a study room has challenged the Carolina community to reflect on our values and tell the world what we believe,” Pastides said. “Racist and uncivil rhetoric have no place at the University of South Carolina.”
The president cited the school’s 25-year-old social honor code known as the Carolinian Creed, which says in part: “I will respect the dignity of all persons; I will discourage bigotry while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions.”
“Let us now come together as a university community to reaffirm our commitment to each other as a Gamecock family,” Pastides said.
USC’s trustees endorsed “this prompt course of action,” Pastides said.
Race has been a controversial issue on college campuses this school year.
A Clemson University fraternity suspended operations last winter after photos of a “Cripmas“ street gang-themed holiday party surfaced on social media. Clemson said Friday that the fraternity had been disciplined.
A University of Oklahoma fraternity was closed this year after a video went viral showing members singing a song with a racist word about African-Americans.