The University of Alabama President Stuart R. Bell released a statement today condemning a video in which a then-student can be heard using the N-word and making racist remarks, WBRC reports.
"We have learned of an offensive video involving racist language by a student who is no longer enrolled. We hold our students to a much higher standard than this," Bell said in a statement. "We are united in condemning this racist behavior and resolute in our commitment to ensure our students, faculty and staff know they are welcome, accepted and supported on our campus, and that discriminatory behavior will not be tolerated. The University is dedicated to continuing our collective work with students, faculty and staff to ensure an inclusive campus for every member of our community.
In the viral video, the student can be heard saying, "Get me away from these n*ggers. Like seriously, I didn't mean to set myself up for this."
The video, which was taken outside a local bar, also included more racist language. A caption beneath the video stated the young woman who made the racist statements was upset because the bar's "owner was scared that some hoodies from the 'area' were gonna come take our money."
Several organizations on campus also released statements condemning the video on the university's website. The Student Government Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cabinet, The Black Student Union and Greek Council all worked together to condemn the behavior.
The Student Government Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cabinet's statement said, "We condemn the acts of hatred, racism and bigotry that took place. While we know this student is no longer enrolled, we implore the University to take lasting steps to ensure behavior of this nature will be handled in a manner that ensures our campus is safe for every student."