- The University of Texas at San Antonio has launched two investigations into an classroom incident from Monday.
- Video shows university police officers escorting a student out of class after the class professor complained that the student had put her feet up on a chair.
- The lecturer who allegedly called police, Anita Moss, will remain out of the classroom for the remainder of the week.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is investigating claims that a white lecturer called police on a black student who reportedly had her feet propped up on a chair during class.
Video of the woman being escorted out of class was recorded by classmate Apurva Rawal and uploaded to Twitter on Monday.
“So this happened today in class, a girl had her feet up and the professor called the police after calling our class uncivil,” he said as part of a long thread about the incident.
The woman filmed in the video later identified herself on Twitter, saying she was told to leave by biology lecturer Anita Moss, or the police would be called.
Moss will remain out of the classroom for the remainder of the week as the school investigates in incident, according to My San Antonio.
UTSA President Taylor Eighmy sent an email to the university community after the video went viral saying the school’s Office of Equal Opportunity Services was investigating the incident for possible discrimination.
“No matter the outcome of the investigations, the incident shows issues that extend far beyond the events of yesterday,” Eighmy said in his statement, which was later posted online. “The reactions expressed through social media, emails, phone calls and group meetings I’ve attended confirm that feelings of marginalization on the part of some students – especially our African American students – are real and profound.”
The Provost’s Office of Interim Dean Grimes in the College of Sciences is also conducting a classroom management investigation, Eighmy said in the statement.
“We are concerned by what the video shows and have initiated multiple investigations into the matter,” the university said in a statement shared on Twitter on Tuesday. “We recognise the importance of promptly gathering the facts and being transparent in the outcomes.”
INSIDER has reached out to the UTSA police department for more information on the incident.