CSU San Marcos students stage sit-in; join call for racial sensitivity after sorority photo scandal

Students feel more needs to be done

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Students staged a sit in outside the Chancellor's Office at California State University San Marcos Thursday afternoon.

The students are hoping to open the lines of communication after pictures surfaced of Alpha Chi Omega sorority members posing as Latina gang members advertising their "chola party."

The sorority and the president of CSU apologized but these students feel more needs to be done.

"Enough is enough we're going to be loud. We are going to be vocal. We want to create so much noise that it's going to be impossible to ignore us," said Guzman.

Margaret Lutz, a university spokesperson, told 10News the school feels they have been working with the students step by step, and that they have taken the right action.

"To those who think we've been too neutral, we've been there every step of the way and want to continue to work with the students on campus," said Lutz.

Professor Sharon Elise said she believes the students are taking a step in the right direction and feels CSU should listen to the student's concerns before they react.

"I think this is a welcome discussion and a right step to change and the students are doing it in a positive way and bringing their issues to the floor," said Elise.

"You can send an apology and the president can send out an apology, but what we want to see is there be action policies put into place and taken seriously," said Guzman.

CSU plans to continue to communicate with the students and told 10News they will remain very committed to encouraging diversity and continuing education on racial and sexual harassment and wants students to know they are working towards keeping them and their campus safe. 

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