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TCC student temporarily suspended after possible involvement with racist social media group

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Posted at 8:10 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 21:11:20-05

TULSA -- TCC released a statement after the school says one of its students was placed on interim academic suspension after being identified with a social media group that's posted racist messages.

Read the full statement below.

"Today, Tulsa Community College put on interim academic suspension a TCC student who has been identified with a social media group that posted racist messages identified by federal authorities to be potential criminal activity. This action falls under TCC’s Student Code of Conduct Policy which prohibits behavior that threatens the mental health or safety of students or could be perceived as threatening or bullying. The interim suspension allows TCC to investigate the matter, decide on our next actions, and protect our learning environment for students and our employees. 

This disturbing behavior gives me the opportunity to make our mission clear – TCC is dedicated to learning, the free exchange of ideas, and the safety and respect of all of our students and employees. The intimidation of any individual or group is a deterrent to the free and open exchange of ideas. As an open door institution with more than 27,000 students, we understand that every individual who comes through our doors has a belief system and a history different from every other. This diversity is what makes higher education a rich and meaningful experience. As President, I am deeply disappointed this behavior occurred and I have taken this action to reflect our values and our commitment to students."

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