An alleged student art installation depicting six rainbow-colored nooses has inspired students to form protests and invoked an investigation from APSU Police.

While some students and university officials found the project offensive, a student says that it was an approved art project.

APSU President Alisa White released a statement on APSU’s Facebook page saying the act was ‘disturbing.’

“This incident is deeply disturbing and is hurtful to our University community,” White said. “Regardless of the intent, the display has no place on our campus. I am saddened, and I am sorry for the hurt and offense this has caused and want our students, faculty, and staff to know that it will not be tolerated.”

Many voiced concerns and posted videos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the project.

APSU NAACP posted the photo shown above, to their Instagram page and captioned it, “So this is at #APSU”

Senior communications major and Vice President of NAACP Amia Butler voiced her concerns about the project saying that LGBT Rights and the Civil Rights Movement are not to be compared.

“I think this highlights APSU’s white community and their ignorant thought processes,” Butler said. “In what way is the LGBT movement and slavery and the Civil Rights Movement of any comparison?”

Comments were posted on Facebook explained it was an art project.

According to the student that did not wish to be named, said it was for an introductory sculpture class. He also said the project was approved by the class instructor. According to a Gov Says email sent at 11:30 a.m., the installation was not approved or reviewed by an instructor. There will also be an open forum at 1 p.m. in the MUC Ballroom to discuss the noose incident.

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