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Student responds after posting 'racist' video appearing to mock University of North Florida students

by: Bridgette Matter, Action News Jax Updated:

The University of North Florida is investigating a video that shows two students who appear to be mocking students who participated in the "take a knee" and Black Lives Matter rally at the University of North Florida on Wednesday. 

The video was posted on social media and gained thousands of views.  

Action News Jax law and safety expert Dale Carson said he does not believe any laws were violated, and it is up to the school to decide if there was a code of conduct violation. 

The student who took the video sent this statement: 

“The situation in question is under investigation by the University, I am not really at liberty to discuss details quite yet but I can say that this entire ordeal is a harsh misunderstanding and more information soon to follow.”

UNF president John Delaney shared this statement:

"The University is investigating a social media video that appears to show several people mocking, in a racist way, participants in a Black Lives Matter rally that took place on campus Wednesday afternoon. We received notice of the video last night. I understand that videos such as this are very hurtful to many people. 
 
"We will conduct a full and fair investigation.

"We are a campus with strong policies and practices concerning racial harmony, civility, diversity, respect and bullying. In matters such as this, there are always elements of free speech, due process and federal laws concerning privacy.

"As the investigation continues, it's important to note that under federal privacy laws, the University may be constrained in what it can reveal publicly.

"UNF has a Code of Student Conduct, and if we determine the Code was violated, the University will take responsible and appropriate action.

"As a reminder, UNF is committed to values that promote the welfare and positive transformation of individuals, communities and societies.

"We value the pursuit of truth and knowledge carried out in the spirit of intellectual and artistic freedom. Our Values Statement embraces:
Ethical Conduct
Community Engagement
Diversity
Responsibility to the Natural Environment
Mutual Respect and Civility

"If you are impacted by this matter, we have several campus resources that might be helpful to you. These links will take you to each office's web page, so you can make an appointment or check out their services:

Department of Diversity Initiatives
Counseling Center
Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

"We will update the campus community as appropriate."