In his four years enrolled at Syracuse University, Jelen Nash, who is black, said he had never felt as scared as in the past two weeks.
Following a series of racist and anti-Semitic incidents, they occur on campus. , Nash's fears culminated on Tuesday when officials said there was an alleged attempt to share a white supreme manifesto related to mass shootings in New Zealand with Syracuse students at a library. While Syracuse, New York police said there was no direct threat, some teachers canceled their classes and other students avoided school altogether.
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"We were like, 'Yeah, we got home and nothing happened,'" he added. "It's sad."
The anticipatory mood surrounding Syracuse University comes at a crucial time for the private university. In response to a series of episodes of bias and vandalism, students have camped in the last seven days to protest what they see as a lack of protection for colored students and lack of action by the administration.
At a forum Wednesday night, Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Severud tried to respond to students' concerns.
Student Senate, Siverud said nine officers, consisting of campus security and police in Syracuse, are dedicated to investigating "hateful incidents". He also said a $ 50,000 reward is being offered to help find those responsible.
"But this is Syracuse, this is 2019," Siverud said Wednesday of the meeting. "I do not accept this hatred here and now."
The school Tuesday released a summary of a proposed action plan, including a revision of the Student Code of Conduct to clarify the implications of hate speech dissemination, which requires diverse training for new students. teacher and staff, as well as recruiting and training more international and multilingual resident advisers.
"What is disturbing is the extent to which many students still do not feel at home on our campus and that I have heard before here," Siverud told The Independent Student Newspaper. "In fact, previous chancellors have told me that this is true for a long time, so I just think we should continue to work on it.
Start with the best stories in the morning.  But for many, how this administration decides to move forward will be crucial not only to combat possible future racist incidents, but also to restore a sense of safety on campus to more than 22,000 students.
"Many colored students are afraid to walk alone," says 20-year-old Ferial Nawaz, Jr., who is involved in a campus movement known as Not Again SU run by black students. "People need to understand. it's not a joke and it takes away the impact on people's emotional stability. "
Students and teachers used the hashtag #NotAgainSU to share stories on social media about how recent events shook them.
On Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden, who graduated from Syracuse Law School in 1968, tweeted that he was "deeply disturbed" by the events, adding that "we must not hate without a safe harbor."
The school's Public Safety Division this week stepped up the patrols of security officers, especially around residence halls.
In an incident earlier this month, students reported seeing an N-word written in the residence bathroom. In a separate case, a servant against Asians was posted in the bathroom of another building. A student also reported seeing a swastika written in a snow bank near his apartment complex.
Syracuse police say a criminal investigation into the swastika has been opened, as well as the publication on the Internet of manifest, racist and anti-immigrant scruples, which he allegedly tried to share with students through Apple's AirDrop feature. The New York State Police and the FBI have joined the investigation.
Meanwhile, the university stopped all fraternity social activities over the weekend after allegations that a group of fraternity members called out a "verbal racial epithet" to a black student.
Concerns over recent racist acts have enabled student organizations to gather and protest on a larger and more meaningful scale, said students who spoke with NBC News.
Jason Gruber, a Biracial alumnus at Syracuse, said he welcomed this reading after noting past school accidents that happened last school year when he was still a student.
In March 2018, the Brotherhood recorded the use of racial slaves and mocking languages as part of a satirical Scythian, causing confusion. In one video, a person recites an affidavit that "solemnly swears I always have hatred in my heart" and refers to blacks, Latinos, and Jews in a humiliating manner. Fifteen students were eventually dropped out of school.
"Everyone seems to accept these incidents as if they were isolated," said Gruber, who graduated in May. "But it is clear that there is a growing problem on campus."
He believes that the divided political climate with the election of President Donald Trump has contributed to the spread of racist ideologies at school.
As a freshman, he remembers being called an N-word. When he decides to join a fraternity in Syracuse, he chooses Phi Beta Sigma Frahood Inc., one of the nine historically black fraternities and socialities at the university, represented by a governing body known as the National Commonwealth Council.
It is important that Gruber belong to a fraternity with other black students because of their cultural affirmation, especially in a school where whites make up more than 52 percent of the student population, according to officials, while blacks study 7%.
Greek life remains one of the largest activities of students in school, with more than 30 percent of students joining a fraternity or suffering.
The actions of some members of the fraternity are disappointing, but not entirely shocking, Gruber added.
"SU does a great job of making it clear to everyone that they have a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault, domestic violence and underage drinking," Gruber said. "I don't understand why they can't have the same zero-tolerance policy against hate speech that harms groups of other people."