A sign reading "Act Six reject" was taped to the effigy, as you may recall. Act Six is a scholarship program run by the college granted to 10 student leaders from urban Portland. According to the statement, most of those in the program are ethnic minorities.
In a statement, the school said:
Act Six — a leadership and scholarship initiative designed to bring students from diverse communities to campus — was one effort toward this end. Another effort is our “Blueprint for Diversity,” which includes not only enrolling a racially and ethnically diverse student body, but also cultivating staff and faculty who are persons of color. As part of this plan, every staff and faculty member participates in diversity training. We want the world to know that we take diversity and racial reconciliation very seriously and that this abhorrent act that was senselessly carried out by a few students does not in any way reflect the commitments and beliefs of this institution. There is no excuse for this behavior.Long-term suspension? That's letting 'em off too easy. Expulsion should have been the punishment, and even that would be going too easy on these racists. Naturally, there was no comment in the university's statement as to the students' motives, but that should be self-evident.
The university took immediate action once the students were identified. After an internal judicial process, there were several disciplinary measures taken — up to and including immediate long-term suspension from the university. Investigations are still ongoing by federal law enforcement to determine if any federal civil rights laws have been broken. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits the university from making further comments as to the identities of the students, their involvement in the incident, or the specific sanctions against them.