"Our staff definitively disapproved the shirt design on the grounds that it was racially insensitive and communicated these instructions to the vendor," Samford president Andrew Westmoreland wrote Monday, according to AL.com. "The shirt should never have been produced. Approximately 300 shirts were ordered for delivery. The shirts arrived on May 6 and were then made available to the membership, without recognition of the racially-insensitive imagery on the shirts. This lack of perception does not excuse the offense that it caused."
The Alpha Delta Pi did not notice the racist image and were not notified that the design was rejected, according to AL.com.
"Clearly the responsibility for this grave situation lies first and foremost with the chapter; they have readily taken responsibility for their role," The sorority governing body said in a statement, according to AL.com. "Alpha Delta Pi will continue to investigate and provide updates as they become available, and will take appropriate actions at the conclusion of our investigation."