It's the first day of classes at UW-La Crosse .
but an unofficial welcome back message from a group
of students is causing a lot of controversy.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill is here to tell us why.
Instagram photos of college-aged men hanging a sexually
suggestive sign outside their house near campus seem
to be getting more outcry than laughs.
A student offended by the images shared them on Facebook
and her post now has over 17-hundred shares.
While some on Facebook are defending the sign as a
harmless joke .
some students say it's a very unwelcome message for
New classes, textbooks, and student IDs .
it's welcome back for UW-La Crosse students.
But not all messages are making students feel especially
I thought it was really sad especially with everyone
moving in this week, especially the freshmen and that
was one of their first experiences of la crosse.
This banner was hung just a couple blocks off campus.
It's terrible for freshman girls freshman guys even
you're terrifying them to be honest.
Some students say the sexually suggestive message
feeds into rape culture.
I thought it was really disgusting and with all the
rape culture awareness thats been going around with
brock turner case i thought maybe people wouldve gotten
the idea by now but apparently.
A number of students
brought the pictures to administrators'
and they're happy students are speaking out.
okay this is free speech, even stupidity is protected
under free speech, but we also can critque it with
our free speech and its good to be seeing that happening
in the UWL community.
Although the banner isn't a crime .
and Gow says it's not against the school's code of
school officials want to start a conversation with
It's kind of like helping students understand, yes
you have the right to say somethign that doesnt mean
you should, that its the the ethical thing to do and
to think about the impact that it has on someone else.
Though the intended impact may have been to get a
many students say the banner's just not funny.
I think it's one of those things a lot of people sweep
under the rug and dont really see it as a big deal,
but it's just it's somethign that women should not
have to deal with.
it's just one of those things we just shouldn't.
In LaX, MO, N8
Chancellor Joe Gow sent out an email to students condemning
the banner this afternoon.
University administrators are planning on bringing
in the men who hung up the sign .
to have a conversation with them about how it affected
The university was already planning to have a teach-in
this month to talk about rape culture .
but now they say it's even more timely.