Racist Incidents at Southern Oregon University in Ashland

A racial slur was written on the door of an African American resident assistant at Southern Oregon University. Later a swastika was found at the same residence hall. After an investigation, the university was unable to determine who committed these acts of racism.

The Bias Response Team at the university recently held an educational intervention. A university spokesperson said some students charged the school with “lack of transparency” for not informing everyone of the incident and not calling an all-campus meeting earlier.

Linda Schott. president of Southern Oregon University said that “our campus is almost 30 percent students of color, and we are deeply committed to welcoming all students.”

Southern Oregon University is a stae-operated educational institutuon in Ashland. It enrolls about 5,300 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students. African American make up just 2 percent of the undergraduate student body.


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