Students are calling on the University to tackle racism after offensive comments were left on social media platforms.
A University of York student sent screenshots of posts made on the anonymous social media platform, Yik Yak, to the YUSU Facebook page.
In his post he said: “Tell me this isn’t racist YUSU.
“The statements made in this application were by students of the University of York.
“Users on this application enjoy anonymity and this therefore allows users to make posts that they do not have to account for.”
He concludes his post with: “Occurrences such as these lead one to ask whether the university has a problem with racism that needs to be addressed. Your Call YUSU.”
The screenshot of a post on the app read: “I’ve painted my laptop black in the hope it will run faster”.
Yik Yak can no longer be accessed from schools across the US due to a national ban following cyberbullying reports.
However the app has not yet enforced any location restrictions in the UK.
YUSU President Sam Maguire said: “I am meeting with the student this week to talk about their experience and start to develop strategies on how to tackle all forms of abusive behaviour on YikYak.
“Although YikYak is normally a place for students to show off their undeniable wit there is a danger due to the anonymity of the app that can lead to people acting beyond inappropriately.
“Unfortunately due to said anonymity it makes it harder to tackle.”
Other users have complained of comments on the app as being ‘sexist’ and ‘objectifying women’.
A University spokesman stated he was aware of the app and said: “Whether or not comments on social media are anonymised, we expect all members of the University community to treat each other with dignity and respect, and to avoid making comments which could be construed as racist.
“We are in the process of developing new social media guidelines which will make clear what is acceptable and what is not.”