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University of Alabama students protest alleged white nationalist grad student

Biology professor says information about student is incorrect

Students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are protesting the presence of a graduate student who is alleged to be a part of a white nationalist group, according to leaked chat logs.

AL.com reported that a document leak from the white-nationalist group “Identity Evropa” revealed the name of an individual identified by several students as a graduate student at UAB. The leaked documents were chat logs where the student is named.

The leaked chats show the graduate student making claims like “I have developed a disgust of the modern western scientific community” and “The immigration policy can narrow the type of person allowed in, but their offspring is very unpredictable.” He also wrote about crime rates among immigrants and wrote about paying group dues to Identity Evropa in 2018.

A biology professor said that a large amount of information being spread about the student was incorrect, the Trussville Tribune reported.

Students held a rally on campus Wednesday afternoon intended to “unite the student body against white terrorism,” one of the student organizers told AL.com. The same organizer also said that the Identity Evropa flyers had been posted around campus for a couple of weeks.

The rally included chants like “No justice, no peace.”

AL.com described the school administration’s reaction:

UAB officials said an email was sent to students condemning hate, but students at Wednesday’s rally said the university is not taking the matter seriously and should provide resources to students who feel threatened.

A spokesperson for the university said the school’s counseling services are open at all times for students who feel threatened, and forums on sensitive, often controversial subjects have been held on campus for the past several years.

University officials said that they were limited in how they could handle the situation because of legal limits concerning student membership in groups, no matter how offensive the group, Inside Higher Ed reported.

Read the full AL.com story.

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