CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A student at UNC-Charlotte has come forward, claiming responsibility for a racially offensive sign that was posted above a campus water fountain, officials say.
A FOX 46 Charlotte viewer sent in a photo of the sign, which reads "COLORED." Campus officials say the investigation began after that image was posted to Snapchat.
University officials determined Thursday night that the offensive sign was photographed in a setting, near a water fountain, that matches one in Holshouser Hall.
In a statement to students, faculty and staff, Chancellor Philip Dubois said a student resident of Holshouser came forward to residence life staff to take responsibility fro the sign, the photograph, and the initial post of the image on Snapchat. In a written message, the student said that “[t]here was no intention to hurt anyone or insinuate that UNC-Charlotte represented or approved of racist beliefs, nor do I believe in them. I do not support or encourage any racist agendas... I am deeply sorry for all that came out of this.” The student also indicated that his actions were a poor attempt at humor.
"There is nothing humorous about what he did. Let me be very clear that intolerance and bigotry have no place within the inclusive culture we strive to achieve at UNC-Charlotte," Dubois statement continued.
The university says officials will meet with the individual responsible to review the incident under the Student Code of Responsibility and discuss how his actions have affected members of the campus community.
The name of the student has not been released.