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3 university professors placed on leave after photos surface of them at campus event wearing and holding racist symbols

March 9, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Three professors at the University of South Alabama have been placed on leave after photos surfaced of them wearing and holding racist symbols at a campus event in 2014, according to a statement from the school.

(CNN)Three professors at the University of South Alabama have been placed on leave after photos surfaced of them wearing and holding racist symbols at a campus event in 2014, according to a statement from the school.

In two photos verified by university spokesperson Lance Crawford, one professor is pictured wearing a Confederate soldier's uniform, while two other professors posed with a whip and noose.

The three tenured professors placed on leave are Bob Wood, Alex Sharland, and Teresa Weldy, Crawford told CNN.

"The fact that these professors are still currently employed by the University shows a deep failure to commit to a safe, welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds," the petition said.

University President Tony Waldrop said the university acknowledged failings in its initial response.

"The actions taken in response to these pictures, which were brought to the attention of University leadership in 2020, should have been stronger and broader, and should have more clearly demonstrated our unwavering commitment to a safe and welcoming environment for every member of our community," he said in a statement last week.

"It is my goal to conduct an independent, unbiased investigation so that the leadership for the University of South Alabama will be in the best position to make an informed decision," Williams-Maynard told CNN.

Of the three teachers involved in the photo, two issued statements through the university.

Working at the University of South Alabama, guiding students through their academic careers, and having a positive impact on them as they prepare for their next steps in life has been one of the greatest honors of my professional life," Wood continued.

Sharland said, "In retrospect, I can see why someone might find the image hurtful, and I regret this attempt at humor that clearly failed.

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