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Person responsible for "offensive photo" is no longer a Quinnipiac student

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HAMDEN, CT(WFSB/AP) -

A Quinnipiac University student involved in posting an "offensive photo" on social media is no longer a member of the college community.

The photo, which was originally taken on Snapchat then posted on Facebook, was seen circulating on social media and shows a white woman with her face covered in a brown material. The caption on the photo said "Black Lives Matter."

On Tuesday evening, Quinnipiac University officials said they had disciplined an unidentified student after the photo went viral on social media.

On Wednesday, Eyewitness News learned the woman in the photo is not the one who wrote the caption. It was reportedly a friend, and she allegedly didn't know that friend wrote 'Black Lives Matter' on the photo.

"Its a big concern someone could do that. You really can't control what people do with your pictures," said Connor Goz, a student.

A statement released by Quinnipiac on Tuesday said the university took action against a student, but it did not specify what the action was or if the student was expelled.

"The university takes this matter very seriously and acted swiftly to discipline those responsible for the offensive photo. This incident does not reflect the true nature of our university, where we have a long history of zero tolerance for any acts of racism, hatred or bigotry," the statement said.

Executive Vice President Mark Thompson said Quinnipiac is committed to providing students with an atmosphere of tolerance.

On Wednesday afternoon, Thompson said the student who took the photo is responsible for writing "Black Lives Matter," and is no longer a member of the university community.

Connecticut NAACP President Scott Esdaile called the photo "just disgusting" and said the university should have zero tolerance for such behavior.

"I did think this was inappropriate, but a lot of stuff gets out on line. I think people need to be more careful on how they word things," said senior Nico Bortman.

The post has become the talk on campus, and has sparked a flurry of comments.

"I am a black student and I should feel comfortable on my own campus, a campus that supposedly prides itself on 'diversity'," said student Tenaiya Baker.

NAACP officials hoped to meet with university administrators to discuss the incident on Wednesday.

When the photo hit Facebook, Kate Bruckman said everyone thought it was the work of the woman pictured, and even though the university has tried to straighten things out, there could be long lasting effects.

"We Googled her name and literally there are horrible comments and links to her about this," Bruckman said.

"I ask that all members of our community learn from this experience and work together in ways to enhance our understanding and appreciation for one another. I also encourage your participation in various programming and opportunities that support our values associated with diversity and inclusion," Thompson said. 

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