Racist graffiti found inside a Syracuse University dorm late last week continues to draw reaction from students on campus from both the message and the response from university officials.
Slurs were written inside a bathroom at Day Hall that students reported last Thursday.
A meeting was held Tuesday night, organized by the Residence Hall Association at the Gifford Auditorium to give students a chance to speak out about the incident.
For many students at SU, this kind of event didn't come as a shock.
"It was pretty much unexpected but also kind of expected, given the atmosphere at this school. It can host students like that have these negative and hateful types of ideas,” one student said.
"More awareness, more people to talk about it, actually have an open discussion and realize that a lot of things are insensitive and things cannot be done like that,” another student said.
SU Cancellor Kent Syverud says the investigation is still active and said the department of public safety is working aggressively to find out who's responsible.
Governor Andrew Cuomo also has the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force taking part in the investigation.
Students are focused on the university's response. they're calling on the administration to change the way it addresses what they're calling a "hate crime." The graffiti was found in day hall last Thursday morning -- the Department of Public Safety went to the hall searching for those responsible.
DPS didn't send out a crime alert to campus-- Chief Bobby Maldonado says there are guidelines for when an alert is sent. The incident must involve an imminent and physical threat to the community.
"It did not meet those guidelines but they did send out a message through the vice president of student experience office to provide some information on the event," said DPS Chief Maldonado.
Students sitting in at the Barnes Center Wednesday say they want a change to how DPS responds.
"In this particular case the DPS only spoke to those on the fourth and sixth floors and failed to notify the building of the hate crime," said student Morgan Webster.
Planning to stage the sit-in each day until thanksgiving break, the students have a list of demands.
They include expelling any student involved with the day hall incident, mandatory diversity training for faculty, and a revision of the current anti-harassment policy to add zero tolerance for all hate speech.
Chancellor Kent Syverud showed up to the sit-in briefly-- and later released a statement which details immediate action including a call for new protocol on response to bias incidents. The statement says that diversity and inclusion, dps and dean of students will have the approach finalized by next week.
After Syracuse's win against Colgate Wednesday night, Head Coach Jim Boeheim commented on the incident.
Secondly, he called on the dean of students to revisit the code of student conduct and suggest changes.
"I met with students of color, African American students, Latino students, all the students that have felt marginalized, I’ve encouraged students to come see us," said Chief Maldonado.
Maldonado says they've ended their investigation with state police after the governor announced the aid of the hate crime's task force.