About 25 students participated in a silent protest and march on the Wittenberg University campus Wednesday for what they called discrimination by the university for failing to promptly remove graffiti.
The protest was in response to a racial slur someone painted on a fountain at the main entrance to the campus. The students claimed the vandalism was reported to the school administration immediately but it took three weeks for the paint to be removed.
Officials from Wittenberg University didn’t respond to requests for comment prior to deadline.
The students gathered at the Benham-Pence Student Center about 1 p.m. Wednesday, some with homemade signs, and then marched in silence to Recitation Hall with the intent to confront university administration about the handling of the situation. However, university officials weren’t on campus at the beginning of the march.
The students who gathered for the protest declined to comment. A written statement submitted to the Springfield News-Sun by Demi Davison, a member of the university’s Tau Pi Phi Society, said Wittenberg officials should “show responsibility” for what happened.
“There was no formal apology sent out to any of the students, and no actions were taken in regards to this. Students had to complain to the administration numerous times for the word to even be removed,” he wrote.
Davison said he also wanted the school to support “those on campus who felt discriminated against and disrespected.”