The University of North Georgia has come under fire for featuring what some claim is a 'racist' stock image on the front cover of a Continuing Education catalogue.
The photograph focuses on two white men winning a race while a black man and a woman lag behind, with the caption "Why follow when you can lead".
Writing in New York Magazine, Jessica Roy said: "It proves that you can automatically win anything you put your mind to, as long as you are a white man."
The school has since removed the catalogue from circulation.
A spokesperson for the university told the Atlanta Journal Constitution: "We are aware of the reaction to the image you noted. After looking into the issue, we determined that this is an isolated case of poor judgment, and was not intentional.
"However, the image was not representative of UNG’s commitment to diversity, and this will serve as an opportunity for increased dialogue about diversity issues and we expect that to better inform our processes and publications.
"The image has been removed from the department’s website and social media pages, and the catalog will be reprinted before further distribution."
"Additionally, we have taken steps to provide for broader review of publications like this to ensure they fully meet institutional expectations and reflect our community and our values."
According to data in the photograph, it was taken by Daniel Hurst. He has been approached for comment.