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SDSU Students Gather to Protest University's Response to Controversial Posters

Dozens gather to protest President Hirshman's response to controversial posters on campus

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    Protestors Crowd SDSU President

    The San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman was cornered by dozens of protesters as he tried to leave his office Wednesday evening. NBC 7's Jason Austell reports. (Published Thursday, April 28, 2016)

    Dozens of students at San Diego State University (SDSU) gathered around President Elliot Hirshman’s car Wednesday evening to protest his response to controversial posters placed around campus.

    The posters reportedly named specific Muslim students at SDSU as terrorists and terrorist sympathizers.

    Students are now calling for President Hirshman to address their concerns.

    A statement was emailed out to students by President Hirshman and Vice President Eric Rivera regarding the incident. But students say President Hirshman did not condemn the actions.

    A copy of the statement was posted on Twitter by The Daily Aztec, SDSU's independent student newspaper. 

    It read, in part, “First, we recognize and fully support the rights of all parties to voice their positions on political issues, whether supportive or critical. We also understand that when parties adopt a specific political position they become responsible for their actions and these actions may produce criticism.”

    Statement emailed to SDSU students regarding controversial posters
    Photo credit: The Daily Aztec

    President Hirshman did step out of the car to speak to the student protestors.

    When NBC 7 San Diego reached out to SDSU for reaction to the protest, Chief Communications Officer Greg Block said the university did not have a statement.