During his four years enrolled at Syracuse University, Jalen Nash, who is black, said he has never felt as scared as in recent weeks.
After a slew of racist and anti-Semitic incidents occurred on campus, Nash's fears culminated Tuesday when officials said there was an alleged attempt to share a white supremacist manifesto linked to mass displacement in New Zealand with Syracuse students in a library. While police in Syracuse, New York, said there was no direct threat, some professors have canceled classes and other students are avoiding school altogether.
"People are scared," said Nash, 21
"We were like, 'Yes, we came home and nothing happened,' he added. 'That's sad."
The impending atmosphere that breaks Syracuse University comes at a crucial moment for the private university. on the string of partisan-related sections and vandalism, students have been campaigning in a building for the past seven days to protest what they perceive is a lack of protection for students of color and inadequate action by the administration.
At a forum Wednesday night, Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud attempted to respond to student concerns.
Address to student senate, Syverud said nine officers, consisting of campus security and Syracuse Police, were dedicated to investigating "hateful incidents." He also said that a $ 50,000 reward was offered for to help find those responsible.
"But this is Syracuse, it's 2019," Syverud said Wednesday at the meeting. "I do not accept this hatred here and now."
The school's Tuesday released a summary of a proposed action plan, including revising the Code of Conduct for students to clarify the consequences of spreading hate speech, requiring diversity training for new faculty and staff, and recruiting and training more international and multilingual resident advisors.
"What is worrying is the degree to which it continues to be so that many students do not feel at home on our campus, and that I have heard before here," Syverud told the independently run student magazine The Daily Orange. "In fact, former chancellors have told us it's been true for a long time, so I just think we have to keep working on it."
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"Many color students are afraid to go alone," said Feryal Nawaz, 20, a junior who is involved in the campus movement called Not Again SU, which is led by black students. "People need to understand that this is not a joke and it takes a toll on people's emotional stability."
Students and faculty have used the hash tag #NotAgainSU to share stories on social media about how recent events have shaken them.
On Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden, who graduated from Syracuse Law School 1968, tweeted that he was "deeply disturbed" by the events, adding that "we must give do not hate any safe harbor. ”
The school's public safety department this week has increased the security officer's patrols, especially around the residential hall.
In an incident earlier this month, students reported seeing N-words written in the bathroom of a residential hall. In a separate case, a slur is written against Asian people in the bathroom of another building. A student also reported seeing a swastika written in a snow bank near his apartment complex.
Syracuse police said a criminal investigation was initiated in the swastika as well as the online publication of the manifesto, a racist and anti-immigrant, who was allegedly trying to be shared with students via Apple's AirDrop feature. New York State Police and the FBI have joined the investigation.
Meanwhile, during the weekend, the university canceled all social fraternity due to allegations that a group of fraternity members shouted a "verbal racial epithet" against a black student.
Concern over recent racist acts has allowed student organizations to meet and protest on a larger and more meaningful scale, said students who spoke to NBC News.
Jason Gruber, a biracial graduate of Syracuse, said he welcomes this bill after noting previous events that took place last school year when he was still a student.
In March 2018, a fraternity filmed their use of rattles and hollow language as part of a satirical crap, causing a riot. In a video, one person recited an oath to "solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart" and referred to disadvantages, Latinos and Jews in derogatory words. Fifteen students were eventually dropped out of school.
"It seemed like everyone took these incidents as if they were isolated," said Gruber, who graduated in May. "But it is obvious that there is a growing problem on campus."
He believes that the divided political climate with the election of President Donald Trump has contributed to the spread of racist ideologies at school.
As a beginner, he remembers being called the N-word. When he decided to join a fraternity in Syracuse, he chose Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., one of the nine historically black embroideries and university sororities represented by the governing body known as the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
was important for Gruber to belong to a fraternity with other black students for his cultural affirmation, especially at a school where whites make up more than 52 percent of the student population, according to officials, while black students account for 7 percent.
Greek life is still one of the largest student activities at the school, with more than 30 percent of students joining a fraternity or sorority.
The actions of some fraternity members have been disappointing but not entirely shocking, Gruber added.
"SU does a fantastic job of making it clear to everyone that they have a zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse, domestic violence and underage drinking," Gruber said. groups. "