(Courtesy: Syracuse University)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse University chancellor Kent Syverud releasing a video message to the SU community as investigation into racist incidents continue.

In the video, Syverud says that the recent incidents are “hate speech” and not free speech and should be investigated as such, “when these hateful incidents at Day Hall, the Physics Building and on Walnut, produce dangerous and hostile environments, it’s the responsibility of our university and our community to step up.”

Syverud also says he’s discussed “concrete steps that the university will be taking in response to student recommendations.” He adds that he will be providing further detailed responses next week.

Student protesters say they will give Chancellor Syverud until Wednesday, November 20th to take formal action or they will call for his resignation.