UAlbany Investigating Off-Campus Coronavirus-Themed Party

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February 21, 2020 - 11:54 am
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York college is investigating whether an off-campus coronavirus-themed party violated the student code of conduct.

The Asian American Alliance, a student organization at the University at Albany, condemned the party hosted by students last weekend by saying it was insensitive and racist.

"The real life affects (sic) of this virus has led to not only mass stereotyping of Asian people, but also hundreds of deaths across the world," the organization said in a statement. "Diseases that affect non-white populations are radicalized in a way that stems from the innate xenophobia of American society."

If you would like to help bring justice, please email the Dean of Students (dos@albany.edu) & the Vice President of student affairs (Mike Christakis) to let them know that this isn’t okay with us! UAlbany does not stand for this kind of racism ---- #EndStereotypes #inclusivity #NoToHate

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Video of the party was briefly posted on Instagram on Sunday night.

WGY News Radio reports the video showed a bucket of iced Corona beers and a person wearing a surgical mask with the caption, "Corona virus isn't gonna stop anyone from partying.'' 

The school says the party was distasteful, hurtful and not representative of UAlbany or its students.

The school is investigating.

WCBS880.com contributed to this report.