The letter from two RAs warned that any crude remarks about the gorilla would be considered "not only derogatory, but also micro-aggressions" that are a "direct attack to our campus's African-American community."
"It was really sort of an educational moment that they were trying to share, that’s all. There was no censorship involved. It was a matter of hey, there is a group that’s been for her for a long time that’s our fellow students, and there can be misunderstandings," UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said
"I do kind of think they went way too far with the policy of banning it out right," UMass freshman Vinny Pietroaolo said.
In the end though, school officials said the biggest concern is how the Harambe references are made.
"People can continue to reference the gorilla," Blaguszewski said. "It needs to be placed in proper context, that’s all."