Meanwhile, the NAACP called on prosecutors Monday to file felony charges against the four white students accused. Currently they are facing misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges.
In an open letter address to the university, SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi said the school will appoint an independent expert to look into the case.
How the abuse of the student could have gone on for weeks is one of the questions that needs to be answered, said Qayoumi.
The four white students allegedly taunted their freshman dorm-mate with racial slurs, barricaded him in his room and placed a U-shaped bicycle lock around his neck, according to police.
At San Jose State Monday – in front of the statue of 1968 Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos giving the black power closed fist salute – NAACP National Board member Alice Huffman called for felony charges against the accused students.
“They were motivated by racial hate and planned in concert with intentional, premeditated offenses that rise to the level of a federal hate crime,” she said.