Black Student Leaders at Indiana University-Purdue University Vow to Sue the School If Their Demands Are Not Met

Black student leaders at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis have threatened to sue the school for race discrimination unless their demands are met. The students are demanding that $78,000 be budgeted for black student groups. The black students are also demanding the university hire more black faculty, establish a black cultural center on campus, offer a bachelor’s degree program in African-American studies and require diversity training for all university employees.

In response, the university agreed to hire a full-time diversity officer and to establish a multicultural center on campus. The university also said that it would reexamine the distribution of funds to student groups.

Blacks are about 11 percent of the 30,000-member student body at the university.