- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A University of North Dakota investigation has concluded that two incidents involving racially charged photos being shared on social media don’t violate the school’s student conduct code.

The university says that the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities’ conclusion is based on the constitutional protection of free speech.

Officials say the decision comes after a thorough investigation into each incident, but say the institution’s ability to disclose details of the findings is restricted by federal law.

University President Mark Kennedy says he’s met with several student leaders to discuss concerns. He says he remains “appalled” the photos were conceived and disseminated.

Kennedy says he’s directed that a diversity council be convened. The council’s work will include inventorying campus diversity and inclusion practices and providing a list of recommendations for campus.

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