The story was set into motion when Nottingham Trent University student Rufaro Chisango tweeted a video of male students outside her dorm room door shouting racist chants while verbally sparring with other students in the process. The police are conducting an investigation and have made arrests.
In the short clip, which has been shared over 21,000 times and gained over 655,000 views, chants of "we hate the blacks" and "fuck the blacks" can be heard. Chisango appears to be capturing the incident from the other side of her room door.
A female voice can be heard arguing with the men telling them to "leave her alone".
She says she is the only black student living on her floor and believes she was targeted.
Last night the video went viral, with 13 thousand people retweeting and 17 thousand liking the original video Rufaro posted on Twitter. "Words can not describe how sad this makes me feel, in this 2018 people think this is still acceptable", Rufaro Chisango, who goes by the name "Ruu" on Twitter, wrote on Wednesday. The same voice also shouts, "The blacks and whites all together", and, "I have a dream".
She said she alerted reception staff about the incident but nothing was done.
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Nottingham Trent University said on its Twitter account it was "shocked and appalled" by the video and said the suspected perpetrators had been "suspended immediately".
The university said it had contacted Ms Chisango to offer her support and was "working with our accommodation partner" to try to "understand" the reasons for the delay in reporting the incident.
Nottingham Police tweeted Rufaro: "Our team will be able to take the details of this incident and see what can be done".
A further statement from the university on Thursday read: "We are shocked and appalled to see the video of racist chanting posted yesterday evening".
"We value being a diverse global community, with staff and students from across the world". Two 18-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of committing racially aggravated public order offences. "We treat hate crime extremely seriously and we'd always urge a victim of or a witness to hate crime to report it". The men, aged 18, remain in police custody. Hours after the video was shared, the school announced that "suspected perpetrators" had been suspended and that a investigation had been launched. "Our enquiries are ongoing".