UConn probes alleged 'racist' social media posts by students

STORRS — The University of Connecticut has launched an investigation into reports of racist social media posts made by current and incoming students, opening the door on the possibility that some may even have their admissions revoked by the school.

School president Thomas Katsouleas announced the investigation in a social media post Monday afternoon.

“We are aware of the social media posts being circulated and are taking each of them very seriously,” Katsouleas said in a Twitter post Monday. “UConn is committed to racial justice and respect for all, and is reviewing the posts to assess potential action.”

In the post, Katsouleas said the investigation will involve conversations with “the individuals responsible.” The students under investigation by the school will not be allowed to enroll, he said, until they have been cleared.

“To be clear, the university has the ability to rescind admission and will do so if necessary to uphold our expectations of each other and the values of our community,” he said.

Monday’s social media statement was prompted by “postings from at least one incoming student and at least one current students that appear to share disturbing and racists sentiments,” a UConn student told NBC Connecticut.