Langston University Settles a 2003 Civil Rights Complaint

Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences have agreed to pay historically Black Langston University $15 million over 10 years as part of a new agreement.

The resolution agreement to a civil rights complaint filed in 2003 with U.S. Department of Education, will provide Langston University with $750,000 in supplemental funding over a three-year period. The regents also agreed to continue providing Langston University with a special allocation of at least $1.8 million a year and an additional allocation of at least $1.6 million a year for Langston’s goat program over the next three years.

“The funds Langston University will receive will spur investment in innovative programs and services to distinguish the university and advance our mission to offer quality education to diverse populations,” said Kent Smith, president of Langston University. “As a historically Black college and university and a land-grant institution, we look forward to investing in and further elevating Langston University in both presence and stature.”

“As Oklahoma’s only HBCU and a nationally recognized leader in goat research and production, Langston University has an important role and is an integral part of our state system of higher education,” added Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “At the center of this collaborative agreement with the Office of Civil Rights is a desire to continue supporting Langston University’s focus on providing excellent academic and student services.”


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