University of California Seeks Stronger Prohibitions Against Acts of Racial Hate

Over the past 15 years there have been 115 reported incidents of racial hate on the 10 campuses of the University of California. UCLA and the University of California at Davis reported the most incidents. Suspects were identified in only four of the 115 cases.

In recent months there has been a major increase in racial incidents on University of California campuses. University president Mark Yudof stated that the recent incidents “are the worst acts of racism and intolerance I’ve seen on college campuses in 20 years.”

The current student code of conduct prohibits sexual and racial harassment but Yudof is calling for stronger language in the code against acts of racial hate. The new language he is considering would prohibit “hanging a noose, burning a cross, or placing a symbol such as a swastika on university property or at official university functions.”