University of Richmond rescinds admission of student for ‘racially charged’ video

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The University of Richmond announced Wednesday that it is rescinding its admission of a student accused of posting an “offensive and racially charged” video on social media.

The Snapchat video features a group of New Jersey high school students. That group includes Morris-Town Beard School alum Adam Giaquinto, as he mocks George Floyd’s death.

In the video you can hear the ‘N-word’ blurted out multiple times. A fellow alum and football star Nate Panza was also in the video. Panza has been dropped from the Cornell University football team. Giaquinto had been accepted into the University of Richmond. 

“I was kind of appalled,” said Richmond resident Paul Mashack, who heard about the online comments.

A change petition was created to revoke Giaquinto’s acceptance to the University of Richmond, garnering nearly 3,000 signatures. Following the outrage, the university released a statement, stating that the racially charged video did not reflect the university’s values or its commitment to a thriving and inclusive community.

“The University of Richmond remains steadfastly committed to fostering a thriving, inclusive community, and to our enduring values of diversity, inclusivity, and equity,” the university statement reads.

While some RVA residents wish the student had been given another change, current students and alumni have expressed an outpouring of support on social media for the university’s decision. The video the university is calling ‘offensive’ now has thousands of views. 

“I was blown away by the school’s decision and I am proud to be a part of the Spider family,” said Sabrina Guerin, who is a University of Richmond alum. 

“The university made a conscious decision to refuse to help create racist professionals. Schools must be anti-racist,” said Victoria Richmond, who is an incoming graduate student. 

Some residents are grateful the university took a stand.

“I am completely in agreement with the university, with the alumni, the outraged alumni saying they don’t stand for that in this day and age with everything that’s going on right now. You can’t have that,” said Mashack. 

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