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Party where photo under review by Cal Poly was held did not violate university policies

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 21:33:56-04

Cal Poly officials say they are meeting with students and others to determine whether a photo that circulated online last week violated any university policies.

The photo "appears to demean undocumented students" as two boys and two girls are seen with red bandannas on their neck, faces or head with the caption "Cowboys vs (illegal) Aliens."

Cal Poly on Tuesday, Oct. 22, told KSBY News the university has determined the party where the photo was taken took place at a home off campus and did not involve any university-sanctioned organizations or violate any university policies.

Officials say they are prohibited from discussing or acknowledging any specific student or conduct investigations or sanctions, citing privacy laws.

Generally speaking, "where misconduct has occurred, the university applies appropriate sanctions aimed at educating students, holding them accountable; and helping them to stay safe and health and to avoid future policy violations."

In a note sent to those on campus last week, Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong called the incident "disappointing."