Drew Dollar, a confirmed admitted student at LSU from West Monroe who was shown recently in a racist video on social media, will not be enrolled at the school in the fall, the university said in a statement Monday night.
"The individual will not be enrolled in LSU in the fall," the statement says, in the form a tweet from LSU's official account.
LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said the school will not be making a comment beyond the tweet, citing privacy protections for student discipline under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The statement mirrors a similar announcement from the University of Florida, which last Monday announced that a "prospective student who posted racist comments in social media will not be joining the University of Florida community this fall."
The vague statements do not officially confirm whether or not the universities denied the students entrance to school, or if the students decided on their own that they will not attend.
If LSU indeed denied admission to Dollar, law experts say, the former incoming student could sue the universities claiming violations of First Amendment rights, and, due to protections of speech in the U.S. Constitution, the student would likely win such a lawsuit.
Devin Woodson, an LSU junior and co-chair of the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative, said if LSU didn't deny Dollar admission "that will be slightly disappointing," because "at the end of the day, it's about setting the tone that LSU won't be accepting this behavior."
If Dollar withdrew on his own, Woodson said, LSU's student activism has still found its strength.
"The fact that Drew Dollar won't be attending LSU speaks to what we've done as student leaders," Woodson said. "If we didn't bring this to light and push extensively, this may not have happened."
On June 5, Dollar was shown in a shared video on Twitter yelling, "I hate n******."
Skai Jackson, an actress and author, shared the video plus Dollar's Instagram account and asked followers to call and email his school. "Someone like him shouldn't be able to attend college," Jackson posted.
Jackson's video had 602,100 views as of Monday evening.
Dollar's Instagram account is now either private or deleted. Attempts to reach Dollar were unsuccessful. In another shared video on Twitter on June 4, Dollar posted another private or deleted video in which he said:
"Um. F***. I can't do nothing about it. I can't do nothing about it. I mean, if you actually, like, knew me, knew me, you'd know that's not actually what I, like, think. It's literally just like a meme, which is obviously bad. I know that. But, yeah, you're right. I can't deny it. Just please have some mercy, yeah, please."
LSU was heavily criticized in its initial response.
LSU's official Twitter account responded to several complaints about the video earlier this month with a repeated statement that included a link to a complete statement.
Black student leaders met with interim LSU president Tom Galligan and other school administrators for over an hour Monday to resolve the unive…
"To be clear, we at LSU condemn hate and bigotry in any form, including racially incendiary remarks," the statement read. "As a state university, however, we are subject to constitutional limitation on our ability to take action in response to free speech."
LSU's tweet was met with widespread condemnation from alumni, former and current LSU athletes and students. The school apologized for its initial response.
It also threatened to undermine the efforts interim LSU President Tom Galligan and LSU administrators made to engage the campus' black community in the midst of nationwide protests against police brutality and racial inequality.
On June 3, Galligan stepped in the middle of a circle of about 300 people at a student-organized protest, BlackOutLSU, near Middleton Library and said into a loudspeaker "black lives matter."
"So I pledge," Galligan said then, "for as long as I am your interim president, that I will work with you to do something about it. All right? And the place to start is home, what can we do on our campus to make it a better place."
Last Monday, Galligan met with black student leaders and other school administrators for over an hour.
LSU's initial response, students in attendance said, made it seem like there was no process in place to hold the incoming student accountable. But, during the meeting, Galligan and school administrators assured the students such a process is indeed in place for students who make blatantly racist remarks.
Multiple law experts and higher education officials said there's a risk that by denying a student entrance to a university due to racist speech, it only reinforces the racist belief and denies a student the opportunity for reform in a diverse and educational environment.
"I think rather than focus on trying to deny admission to a student," said John Pierre, chancellor of the Southern University Law Center, "perhaps the focus has to be: Let's examine the history of the institution and the policies that the institution has and the practices that the institution has, and let us determine what practices and policies need to be changed."
LSU's black student leaders also presented university leadership with six key points for school change within its practices and policies, which included increasing the ratio of minority faculty and correcting issues of blatant racism and discrimination on campus.
Last Wednesday, LSU announced in a joint statement with black student leadership that Middleton Library — named after Troy J. Middleton, a former LSU president and lieutenant general who in a 1961 letter made a statement about keeping black students at the school segregated, although he served on two biracial committees addressing desegregation — will be renamed, pending board approval.
The LSU Board of Supervisors meet Friday, and Chair Mary Werner said Wednesday she has spoken with a majority of the board and expects the motion will pass.
The Middleton family has requested to address the board, and they have asked that the board formally remove the proposal from consideration.
"LSU is turning the page," Woodson said. "It's the students behind it that are the lead of change. You may not have felt LSU has accepted you in the past. But you will find a way to fight and advocate for yourself. And if you can't, you'll have others to fight and advocate for you."