Miami student urging school to address alleged use of n-word by fellow student

Miami student facing punishment for calling out alleged racist comments

OXFORD, Ohio (FOX19) - A Miami University student says the school is punishing her for calling another student out on an alleged instance of racism.

Tenudi Genana tells FOX19 NOW two other students, one in particular, made racist comments. At the time, the students were rushing sororities on campus.

Genana, who is not herself a member of a sorority, paraphrased what one of the girls said aloud in a classroom setting: “‘I didn’t get into the sorority because I talked to ‘the n-word’ that day.‘”

By that, Genana says the girl meant because she spoke to a Black girl, she didn’t get into a certain sorority.

Genana recalls she wanted to confront the girl in person, but she chose to keep quiet about it because the incident occurred around finals. She also says she heard that several other people had reported the same girl anonymously for racist comments — and that nothing was done.

Eventually, Genana says she addressed the girl.

“All I said, I kept texting her, and I was like, ‘Okay, when I see you on campus, you’re done,‘” she explained.

Genana insists she didn’t mean anything violent by the text: “I just meant, ‘When I see you on campus, if you’re not going to respond to me, I am going to come up and talk to you.‘”

But soon Genana received a letter from the university with a complaint from the girl saying she felt threatened. Now Genana is facing three charges, including disorderly conduct and endangering health or safety, from the university’s Office of Community Standards.

“I wouldn’t have to be put in this situation if the university came and acted,” she said. “I don’t want to do these things. I don’t want to constantly have to fight with people, but the university put me in this position, and now they are trying to punish me for it.”

Bottom line, Genana says she wants the school to do more by addressing what actually happened.

“Where is our president? Why is he not speaking? If it was hazing or a minor drinking, he would’ve came out. If this was happening during the school year, my mental health would decline, and my future would be at stake,” she said.

Miami University put out a statement June 27 that reads:

“In recent weeks we’ve been alerted to racist, prejudicial, and hateful statements made by Miami students on social media — they are reprehensible. Miami is galvanizing to make systemic change, but it will not happen overnight. Now and in the future, we stand united against attempts to degrade others. We reject bigotry, racism, and hatred. Miami also has an additional responsibility. We will take every action in our power to educate students to learn to live and work fully, fairly, and authentically with people of different races, cultures, and backgrounds. Because Black Lives Matter, and we must be better than this.”

School officials say they can’t discuss the case without the students’ permission.

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