Fraternity students at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, posted racially insensitive photographs on social media. The photos included a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity dressed in blackface and other members dressed in what was referred to as “gangsta” attire.
An emergency town hall meeting was called in response to the social media posts. Hundreds of students packed a classroom to express their concern. Some students were angry that university president Jeffrey Armstrong did not attend the town hall meeting.
Three days later, President Armstrong held a meeting in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center on campus that was attended by nearly 1,000 students. President Armstrong stated “I am very, very sorry for what this has caused so many of you. Not just our students, but our faculty, our staff, alumni, many people. Many people have said, ‘I’m embarrassed, and this is not the Cal Poly that I know.’ And this is not the Cal Poly that we want it to be.”