The University of Minnesota has been rocked by the news that its incoming president, Rachid Ghannouchi, had attended an anti-Trump protest last year.
The university said Ghannouchei did not attend the protest, but he was on the campus at the time, where it was reported he and other university leaders had made anti-Semitic remarks.
It said it would not comment further on the matter, but the university has since apologized to Ghannouli and issued a statement saying it stands by its decision to hold the event.
The school said in a statement Tuesday that it has “full confidence” in the university and that it “stands firmly behind” the decision to have Ghannounouchi speak.
It added that it is investigating the matter “to determine the facts.”
The university had no immediate comment on Ghannouti’s appearance at the protest.
In February, a white nationalist rally in the heart of Minneapolis was called off after it was revealed the rally’s organizers had hired a security firm hired by the company that monitors political rallies.
That event was attended by Trump, former Minnesota Gov.
Tim Pawlenty, Gov.
Mark Dayton and other Trump supporters.
The University of Minneapolis has been criticized for not doing enough to prevent the rally from taking place.
In a statement, the school said the school has “zero tolerance” for racism and bigotry on campus.
It noted that since the election, the university had received numerous complaints from students and others who have concerns about events on campus and has implemented several steps to improve safety on campus, including installing video cameras, increasing security patrols and hiring a diversity liaison to lead the school’s efforts to address racism on campus in the wake of the election.
The statement also said that the school “continues to work closely with the university community and is working with the police department to review all events in our community to ensure they meet our safety and wellness standards.”
The school had planned to host the event, titled “Dump the B—-: The Truth About the Anti-Trump Protesters,” to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run.