School officials confirmed that neither of the women in the photo is currently a student. One of the women depicted in the photo had attended Kansas State as recently as the spring 2016 semester. Shoemaker was expelled from a KSU sorority in 2015, but the reasons for the expulsion were not provided, according to The Kansas City Star.
The university quickly responded to the controversy:
"This photo has students, faculty, staff and other members of the K-State family upset. It rightly should, as there is no place for racism at our university, regardless of what the intentions may have been," he continued. "This racially offensive photo with a derogatory message has upset the K-State family and is not in concert with our principles of community. Such messages on social media are harmful to all," she said.