The University of the Incarnate Word responded on Wednesday to reports that student-athletes had used blackface as part of their Halloween costumes. 

"UIW does not tolerate any discriminatory actions or comments from members of our community," the university said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. "We are looking into concerns brought to our attention and have already taken action and will continue to do so."

The school responded with the same statement to multiple Tweets with photos showing people with painted faces and wearing wigs and glasses.

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Social media users identified the subjects in the photos as members of the swimming and softball teams, but UIW itself has not confirmed the people in the photos are athletes. 

UIW updated their statement in an email sent to Wednesday afternoon, saying the behavior that was "inconsistent with the University's mission and values" was brought to the attention of staff by an employee last week.

"An investigation was immediately initiated, in conformity with university policy," Debra Del Toro, the university's director of communications, said in the statement. "Although federal privacy law precludes us from sharing specifics concerning the students involved, the investigation has concluded with actions taken consistent with University policies and procedures." 

It's unclear what actions have been taken. 

The #UIWpride hashtag, normally used to share university-related accomplishments was being widely used Wednesday to push back against the photos.

"Some student athletes at UIW thought it was okay to participate in blackface," one user named @kolacheeee said. "Not only is this behavior offensive and intolerable but the fact that the university isn't doing anything to raise awareness or refute it means that we the students must." 

Another person echoed the sentiment saying, "My culture is not your costume. Try again." 

"The University remains committed to celebrating and educating our students on inclusivity, tolerance and social justice and will continue to sponsor programs and activities towards this goal," Toro said.  

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