EMU Investigating After Black Doll Found Hanging In Dorm Shower

February 12, 2019 - 1:39 pm

YPSILANTI (WWJ) - Eastern Michigan University is investigating after a black doll was found hanging from a shower rod in a campus dorm.

After a video showing what the student newspaper called a "disturbing racist display" was shared on social media, police got involved, and the culprit confessed. 

The university released the following statement about the incident:

"Yesterday afternoon, a Resident Advisor in Best Hall found a black doll hanging from the shower rod in the bathroom shared with suite mates. The incident was immediately investigated by EMU Police and the Office of Wellness and Community Standards. It was determined that a guest of one of the suite mates had placed the doll. The individual told investigators that they did it as a 'prank' and did not have malicious or racist intentions."

The university stressed, however, that it's taking the matter "very seriously" and does not consider the incident a prank.

"There is absolutely no place at Eastern for hateful and racist actions, regardless of their intent. At this time, the University continues to investigate the incident and will take appropriate steps upon completion of the investigation," the statement continued. 

It's unclear at this time if an ethnic indimidation or other charges are possible in this case. 

An investigation by police and EMU's Office of Wellness and Community Standards is ongoing.