The Missouri State protests have sparked protests at campuses across the country. African-American players on the University of Missouri’s football team went on strike, refusing to participate in team activities or games until the university president resigned over his handling of racism on the heavily white campus.

After weeks of escalating student protests, including the hunger strike of graduate student Jonathan Butler and the threat of a football team boycott; president of the University of Missouri system, Tim Wolfe, resigned on Nov. 9th 2015. Forced out amid complaints that he had done too little to address racism and other ugly incidents on campus. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin — who oversees the university’s main campus in Columbia, Mo. — also will step down at the end of the year.

The unseating of two of the university’s top leaders was a victory for student activists, who had been railing against a racial climate on the Columbia, MO campus. They have accused Missouri’s president, Tim Wolfe, of not addressing racist and bigoted incidents this academic year, including when the undergraduate student body president was called the n-word, when a white student climbed onto a stage and shouted slurs as a black group rehearsed a skit, and more recently when a swastika was drawn on a wall with human feces.

Following their lead, student activists on campuses across the country have begun protests against racism on their campuses. Yale University, Ithaca College and others have taken to social media to talk about being #blackoncampus. Rallies and marches were planned at St. John’s University, Syracuse University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Students at Ithaca College in upstate New York held a solidarity walkout, demanding the resignation of President Tom Rochon, and saying on Facebook that it was “vital to fight against both covert and overt racism in all places of education and empowerment.”

Students there said that several racially charged incidents, including an event last month in which a prominent alumnus made racially insensitive remarks about another alum at a public event, have not been properly acknowledged by campus leadership.

While some see Wolfe’s and Loftin’s resignations as a sign that even powerful leaders could be toppled if an important issue such as equality were at stake. Others view it as further proof that political correctness on university campuses has a stranglehold on common sense, making administrators who had recently been praised for their stewardship of a complex institution suddenly vulnerable to student complaints.