University responds to video of student in hate group

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- The University of Nebraska Police Chief says the department is aware of concerns and continues to investigate after a video of a student in a hate group surfaced.

"Being a female Muslim student on campus, I do not feel safe," said Zainab Al'Mansuri, Student at UNL.

The video is of a Google hangout with a University of Nebraska Lincoln student.

1011 has chosen not to name the student.

The individual calls himself "the most active white nationalist in Nebraska." In August, he traveled to Charlottesville for the "Unite the Right" rally.

"I'm not going to let a white supremacist tell me how i can live my life," said Al'Mansuri.

In the Jan. 23 video, he also said he wants to be really violent, but now is not the right time.

"I feel scared to walk to class alone or to stay late on campus," said Al'Mansuri.

The following is a statement from UNLPD Chief Owen Yardley

"Members of the University and the community have reported concerning videos to University administrators and the University Police Department. The proper authorities are aware of these concerns and continue to review the matter. I can appreciate the concern. Sometimes safety professionals have to be very discreet about what they can say regarding such matters. Rest assured the matter is being taken seriously."

A joint statement from the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, the UNLPD Police Chief, and the ASUN President/Student Regent was also released on Tuesday.

"UNL has received numerous reports of concern about a student’s activities. There have been demands to remove this person from campus based on perceived safety concerns, affiliation with organizations, and ideologies. Safety officials have been aware and are taking the matter very seriously. Rest assured the safety of our students, faculty and staff is of utmost importance to us.

We strongly denounce bigotry and condemn violence. We also object to activities that strike fear among our students. The campus is comprised of people of diverse backgrounds, with different life experiences. We encourage civil and respectful discussion of ideas and opinions, even if they may differ from our own.

At UNL, we work hard to provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on our campus. We encourage the campus community to report concerns and any information helpful to this matter to University Police at 402-472-2222, the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance at 402-472-3417, or anonymously at unl.edu/TIPS.

We ask Huskers to come together to create the kind of place we call home."

In addition, the ASUN, the student government body at UNL, released a statement Tuesday saying there is "no place for hate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln."

"It has come to our attention that recent actions committed by a student on our campus have incited feelings of unsafety and fear. In response to many of you who have reached out to us for representation and action, we have written this statement to ensure you of our commitment to a safe and welcoming campus.," the statement read.

"As students attending a higher-ed institution, it is our responsibility to act as informed, engaged citizens and to further the ideals of democracy. We ask the current leaders of our institution to join us in the collective work of fighting white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and all other forms of hate, especially when such action may prove challenging or difficult. The fight to end injustice is not exclusive to those who feel its effects; it is also the responsibility of those of privilege who must use their power to fight for peace, justice, and equity of others."

"As elected student leaders on your campus, we leave you with this; We hear you, we are listening, and know we are working for the welfare of all."