Campus Racial Incidents

Small Women's College in Missouri Facing a Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Small Women’s College in Missouri Facing a Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Three African American women who were on the basketball team alleged that the athletic director and woman’s basketball coach ridiculed them, punished them more severely than White players, and did not give them the playing time they deserved.

Image of President Obama in a Noose Appears on Board Member's Web Page

Image of President Obama in a Noose Appears on Board Member’s Web Page

George “Sonny” Yellott, a 76-year-old member of the board of directors of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, was asked by fellow members of the board to resign.

Study Ranks Colleges Where Twitter Use Is the Most Derogatory Toward Blacks

Study Ranks Colleges Where Twitter Use Is the Most Derogatory Toward Blacks

Researchers at CollegeStats.org examined tweets on the social media platform Twitter made on or near the campuses of 1,537 colleges and universities. They found that the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences had the highest percentage of content derogatory toward Blacks.

New Data on Hate Crimes on College and University Campuses

New Data on Hate Crimes on College and University Campuses

In 2013, there were 781 hate crimes on college and university campuses that were reported to police and other law enforcement agencies. Race was the most common motivation in these hate crime incidents.

Racially Offensive T-Shirts Made by Samford University Sorority

Racially Offensive T-Shirts Made by Samford University Sorority

A sorority at the Baptist university in Birmingham, Alabama, produced a T-shirt promoting its spring formal dance that had a map of the state of Alabama that included images of a Black man eating watermelon and slaves picking cotton.

Racial Incidents Reported on Three University Campuses

Racial Incidents Reported on Three University Campuses

According to reports, a White student at Towson University in Maryland made disparaging comments to a Black employee. Racist posters were found near the entrance to the student center at Boston University and a Black student at the University of Iowa said he was beaten by three White men who used a racial slur.

Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Wisconsin Responds to a Racial Incident

Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Wisconsin Responds to a Racial Incident

After an African American student at the University of Wisconsin found a racist note that had been slid under her dormitory room door, vice provost Patrick Sims posted an emotional video on YouTube.

Race-Related Assault Reported on the Campus of East Carolina University

Race-Related Assault Reported on the Campus of East Carolina University

A 19-year-old White student from Charlotte was arrested on charges of simple assault and ethnic intimidation. According to police reports, the White student used a racial slur during the assault of a Black man on campus.

Racist Graffiti Painted on the Walls of a Chapel at Northwestern University

Racist Graffiti Painted on the Walls of a Chapel at Northwestern University

The graffiti included swastikas, a slur directed at African Americans, and the name “Trump.” Two White first-year students were arrested and charged with felony hate crime violations.

Michigan State Establishes an Anti-Bias Unit Within Its University Police Force

Michigan State Establishes an Anti-Bias Unit Within Its University Police Force

Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor, a 26-veteran of the police force, will lead the new anti-bias unit. It is believed to be one of the first such units among university police forces across the nation.

New Documentary Film Examines Race Relations on College Campuses

New Documentary Film Examines Race Relations on College Campuses

The documentary film Remixing Colorblind is the work of Sheena Howard, an assistant professor of communication at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Fairfield University Students Hold a "Ghetto-Themed" Party

Fairfield University Students Hold a “Ghetto-Themed” Party

Photos posted on the internet showed Fairfield University students wearing baggy clothes, gold chains, and fake baby bumps while drinking 40-ounce beers at an off-campus party.

University of California, Davis Student Assaulted in Alleged Hate Crime Incident

University of California, Davis Student Assaulted in Alleged Hate Crime Incident

An African American student at the University of California, Davis alleges she was assaulted as she walked near her residence at UC Davis West Village in what police are calling a hate crime.

Black High School Students Touring Texas A&M Campus Accosted With Racial Slurs

Black High School Students Touring Texas A&M Campus Accosted With Racial Slurs

According to their campus tour guide and an official from the preparatory school, the Black students were accosted by a group of White students who used racial slurs and told then to “go back where you came from.”

Three Black Women Attacked on a Bus at the University at Albany

Three Black Women Attacked on a Bus at the University at Albany

Three Black women students at the University at Albany of the State University of New York System said they were confronted by racial slurs and attacked by a group of White men and women on a local bus.

Diversity Chief at Missouri State University Is Stepping Down

Diversity Chief at Missouri State University Is Stepping Down

After allegations that Kenneth Coopwood had been treated unfairly due to his race and a university investigation that determined he had not been discriminated against, Dr. Coopwood decided to resign.

Tillman Hall Controversy Continues at Clemson University

Tillman Hall Controversy Continues at Clemson University

Recently, graffiti was written on two adjoining outside walls of the building named in 1946 for segregationist-era senator and governor “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman. The spray-painted graffiti read: “Rename Tillman Hall” and “Stop Honoring Tillman.”

Racial Slur Published in the Annual Report of Lawrence University

Racial Slur Published in the Annual Report of Lawrence University

After the annual report was published, an alumnus of the university noticed that in a photograph of university officials a racial slur had been written in chalk on the wall behind the executives.

Kutztown University Bans Confederate Flags and Then Reconsiders

Kutztown University Bans Confederate Flags and Then Reconsiders

Kutztown University, a campus of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, announced a policy that banned Confederate flags and swastikas in students’ dormitory rooms. Days later the university backtracked on the ban.

Duke University to Study How It Deals With Bias and Hate on Campus

Duke University to Study How It Deals With Bias and Hate on Campus

Duke University has created a task force that will be charged with a broad review of Duke’s policies, practices and culture as they pertain to bias and hate in the Duke student experience.

Racial Slur Found on Restroom Door at the University of Iowa

Racial Slur Found on Restroom Door at the University of Iowa

A message containing a racial slur was found carved on the inside of a bathroom door in the Spence Laboratories on the campus of the University of Iowa.

University of Kansas Faculty Member Placed on Leave After Allegedly Using Racial Slur in Class

University of Kansas Faculty Member Placed on Leave After Allegedly Using Racial Slur in Class

In a letter to the campus community, students in the class stated that the assistant professor said, “As a White woman I just never have seen the racism…It’s not like I see ‘Nigger’ spray painted on walls.”

Black Student at Lewis & Clark College Says He Was Beaten by Whites Yelling Racial Slurs

Black Student at Lewis & Clark College Says He Was Beaten by Whites Yelling Racial Slurs

The attack on the Lewis & Clark campus in Portland, Oregon, came days after several racist statements threatening Black students appeared on the social media app Yik-Yak. One post stated, “I just want to hang you ignorant Black people.”

After Campus Protests, a Backlash of Racist Incidents Occur on College Campuses

After Campus Protests, a Backlash of Racist Incidents Occur on College Campuses

It comes as no surprise that in the aftermath of campus protests on issues dealing with race, there has been a backlash, with several race-related incidents occurring on campuses across the nation.

The Aftermath of a Historic Week at the University of Missouri

The Aftermath of a Historic Week at the University of Missouri

Black students emboldened by their success in forcing the resignation of system president Tim Wolfe, pressed on with demands. The university hired a diversity officer and announced other initiatives. But tensions remained high after threats against Black students were made on social media.

Former Faculty Member at Harris-Stowe State University Wins Discrimination Lawsuit

Former Faculty Member at Harris-Stowe State University Wins Discrimination Lawsuit

A White woman, who is a former instructor at Harris-Stowe State University, a historically Black educational institution in St. Louis, was awarded $4,850,000 from a jury in a circuit court racial discrimination case.

After Black Student Protests, President of the University of Missouri System Resigns

After Black Student Protests, President of the University of Missouri System Resigns

After a Black student went on a hunger strike and the University of Missouri football team refused to practice or play to protest a lack of inaction on several racial incidents, the system president and the Columbia campus chancellor resigned.

Women Claim They Were Excluded From a Yale Party Due to the Color of Their Skin

Women Claim They Were Excluded From a Yale Party Due to the Color of Their Skin

The women students said that a guard at the door to the fraternity house told them, “We’re only looking for White girls.”

Student Newspaper Editors Apologize for Printing "Offensive" Illustration

Student Newspaper Editors Apologize for Printing “Offensive” Illustration

The student newspaper at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh printed an illustration on its front page depicting s stereotypical portrayal of a Black student.

Race Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against Saint Mary's College in California

Race Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against Saint Mary’s College in California

While the suit was filed by a professor of Asian Indian descent, documentation filed in the case reveals that Black and other minority faculty also believe they have been mistreated by the college.

University of Missouri Announces Required Diversity Training After Racist Incidents

University of Missouri Announces Required Diversity Training After Racist Incidents

After two racial incidents on campus, the university’s chancellor called for an end to hate and announced mandatory training for faculty, staff, and all incoming students.

Students Wear Blackface at UCLA Party

Students Wear Blackface at UCLA Party

The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority at the University of California, Los Angeles held a “Kanye Western” party. Some White students wore baggy pants and used blackface.

Newspaper Article Produces Turmoil on the Wesleyan University Campus

Newspaper Article Produces Turmoil on the Wesleyan University Campus

An op-ed piece on the Black Lives Matter movement in the student newspaper produced protests and calls for the student government to stop funding the paper.

Blackface Incident at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington

Blackface Incident at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington

Five members of the women’s soccer team at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, were suspended after photographs of them in blackface were posted on social media. The White soccer players were in costume as the Jackson 5.

Racial Incidents at Bucknell University and Georgia Tech

Racial Incidents at Bucknell University and Georgia Tech

A racist message was written on the door of a faculty member at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and a Black woman student alleges that she was subjected to racial slurs by three members of a fraternity at Georgia Tech.

Racial Incident on the Campus of Emporia State University in Kansas

Racial Incident on the Campus of Emporia State University in Kansas

A Black couple, who were both employees of the university, allege that they have been subjected to a racially hostile work environment after filing a complaint when they had found a racial slur directed at them in a university office.