Saint Mary’s College of California Warned to Improve Race Relations or Risk Sanctions by Accrediting Body

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges sent a letter to the president at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, which stated that the association was concerned about “racism and discrimination” on campus. The accrediting agency threatened to sanction the college if it failed to address “the increasing and sustained lack of civility on campus.” The letter went on to say, “There is evidence that a significant proportion of the Saint Mary’s community does not feel respected and has been subjected to behaviors that are unacceptable.” No specific allegations were mentioned in the letter.

Blacks make up 7 percent of the 2,800 undergraduate students at the college.