Campus Racial Incidents

University of South Alabama Suspends Student, Fires Employee After a Racial Incident

University of South Alabama Suspends Student, Fires Employee After a Racial Incident

A student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile confessed to hanging a bicycle and two nooses in a tree outside a campus dining hall. Additionally, a dining hall employee was fired after an offensive tweet concerning the incident was posted from the university’s official dining hall twitter account.

University of Maryland Creates a "Safe Space" for White Students

University of Maryland Creates a “Safe Space” for White Students

A flyer from the University of Maryland’s Counseling Center stated that the group, called White Awake, was a place for “White students to explore their experiences, questions, reactions, and feelings” on race.

African American Cheerleader Files Suit Against Kennesaw State University in Georgia

African American Cheerleader Files Suit Against Kennesaw State University in Georgia

Tommia Dean, a former cheerleader at Kennesaw State University, is suing the university for violating her right to freedom of speech. Last season Dean knelt during the playing of the national anthem to protest police brutality directed against African Americans.

Consortium of College and University Journalists Looks at Hate Crimes in America

Consortium of College and University Journalists Looks at Hate Crimes in America

The 2018 investigation, conducted by students from 21 colleges and universities, analyzed the federal National Crime Victimization Survey and found more than 2.4 million cases of hate crimes from 2012 to 2016.

Racial Slur Written on a Sign Outside the Center for Black Culture at Duke University

Racial Slur Written on a Sign Outside the Center for Black Culture at Duke University

A sign on the outside of the Center for Black Culture at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was defaced with a racial slur. The sign was immediately covered and will be repainted.

Princeton Review's List of Colleges With Little Race/Class Interaction

Princeton Review’s List of Colleges With Little Race/Class Interaction

Among the Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, Providence College in Rhode Island was rated as having the least race/class interaction. African Americans are just 4 percent of the undergraduate student body at Providence College.

Thousands of People at Vanderbilt University Receive Racist Emails

Thousands of People at Vanderbilt University Receive Racist Emails

Thousands of students, faculty and staff at Vanderbilt University received racist emails from a White supremacist group. The university was able to discover that the emails were sent from external systems using sophisticated masking techniques to hide who sent the messages.

Employee of Smith College Calls the Police After Seeing a Black Student in a Common Room

Employee of Smith College Calls the Police After Seeing a Black Student in a Common Room

The student was sitting in a common room on campus eating her lunch. The employee, who the college has not named, called police to say that an individual who “seemed to be out of place” was on campus.

Racist Instagram Post Leads to Student Protests at St. John's University

Racist Instagram Post Leads to Student Protests at St. John’s University

After a racist photo was posted online, students on the Staten Island campus of St. john’s University staged a protest. The protesters were allegedly told to “go back from where you come from” and were taunted by White students with racial slurs.

A Series of Racial Incidents at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana

A Series of Racial Incidents at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana

A racist threat was found in a restroom on campus. A student dressed in blackface and wearing an offensive sign was seen at a local bar, and a racial slur was spelled out in stones at the DePauw Nature Park.

Student Newspaper Exposes Racist Fraternity Initiation Video at Syracuse University

Student Newspaper Exposes Racist Fraternity Initiation Video at Syracuse University

The university said 18 students had been “removed from academic participation” due to the video. A spokesperson said that “alternative class and study arrangements will be made for these students as the judicial process moves forward.”

Racially Insenstive Photos Posted by Fraternity Members at California Polytechnic State University

Racially Insenstive Photos Posted by Fraternity Members at California Polytechnic State University

The photos included a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity dressed in blackface and other members dressed in what was referred to as “gangsta” attire.

Lehigh University Student Charged With Ethnic Intimidation of Roommate

Lehigh University Student Charged With Ethnic Intimidation of Roommate

Racist graffiti was scrawled on the walls inside a dormitory room shared by two students at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Later, one of the two roommates was arrested and charged with ethnic intimidation, institutional vandalism, and criminal mischief.

Racist Graffiti Found in a Residence Hall at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan

Racist Graffiti Found in a Residence Hall at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan

On two occasions, racist graffiti was founded written on the wall in a bathroom at a residence hall at Kettering University. The graffiti targeted African American students. African Americans make up 3 percent of the undergraduate student body at the university.

Racist Posts on Social Media Reportedly Made by Students at the University of Pittsburgh

Racist Posts on Social Media Reportedly Made by Students at the University of Pittsburgh

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh is looking into a series of racist posts on social media that were included in a group message by several university students.

University of Alabama Expels White Woman After She Posted Racist Videos

University of Alabama Expels White Woman After She Posted Racist Videos

A White woman student from New Jersey at the University of Alabama was expelled from the educational institution after she posted racist videos on social media.

Racists Signs Posted on the Campus of the University of South Carolina

Racists Signs Posted on the Campus of the University of South Carolina

One of the flyers read: “You stupid monkeys handed Trump the White House, the minute you handed Hillary the nomination.” The second flyer stated in part, “Dumb Black Asses just pull the lever for whomever the party machine says to.”

Racist Graffiti Found Written in Chalk on Sidewalks at the University of Oregon

Racist Graffiti Found Written in Chalk on Sidewalks at the University of Oregon

The slogans included “Deport Them All” and “End White Guilt.” African Americans are just 2 percent of the undergraduate student body at the University of Oregon.

White Supremacists Post Flyers and Banners at Southern Methodist University

White Supremacists Post Flyers and Banners at Southern Methodist University

The flyers and banners contained messages such as “Reclaim America,” “No more tolerance, no more diversity,” and “White men! Save your people.”

University of Maryland Outlines New Procedures for Dealing With Incidents of Hate or Bias

University of Maryland Outlines New Procedures for Dealing With Incidents of Hate or Bias

The new protocol is aimed at ensuring a coordinated response, providing support to impacted community members and guaranteeing transparency with the campus community. The university’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion will hire a hate-bias response coordinator to assist with these efforts.

Racial Slurs on a Car Near Kansas State University Were a Hoax

Racial Slurs on a Car Near Kansas State University Were a Hoax

Racial slurs were found scrawled on a car near the campus of Kansas State University. In addition to racial slurs, the phrases “go home,” “date your own kind,” Whites only,” and “die” were written on the car. It turns out that the Black man who owned the car wrote the slurs.

Student Expelled From the University of Hartford After Allegedly Harassing Black Roommate

Student Expelled From the University of Hartford After Allegedly Harassing Black Roommate

A White woman student at the University of Hartford in Connecticut was expelled from school and faces criminal charges after she posted on social media that she had done several things to intimidate her Black roommate.

Halloween Horrors: Students Put on Racist Costumes at Several Colleges and Universities

Halloween Horrors: Students Put on Racist Costumes at Several Colleges and Universities

It seems like every Halloween there are numerous incidents of college students dressing in racially insensitive costumes. This year is no different.

Two Incidents of Racial Hate at Framingham State University

Two Incidents of Racial Hate at Framingham State University

Racial slurs were found on posters hanging in a residence hall at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. Two days later a racial slur was written in marker on the dormitory room door of two African American students.

Racial Incidents Lead to Student Protests on the Campus of Boston College

Racial Incidents Lead to Student Protests on the Campus of Boston College

Two Black Lives Matter posters were defaced on the campus of Boston College. Signs were later found on campus that showed a picture of Uncle Sam with the caption, “I want you to love who you are. Don’t apologize for being white.”

Many Instances of Racial Hate on College Campuses

Many Instances of Racial Hate on College Campuses

It didn’t take long for racial hate to rear its ugly head on college campus this fall. Hate crimes have occurred on a number of campuses.

White Supremacist Fliers Were Posted on the Webster University Campus

White Supremacist Fliers Were Posted on the Webster University Campus

Fliers promoting a White supremacist group were posted throughout the campus of Webster University in St. Louis. Blacks make up 16 percent of the undergraduate student body at the university.

Racist Flyers Are Posted on the Campus of Weber State University in Utah

Racist Flyers Are Posted on the Campus of Weber State University in Utah

The flyers were recruiting students to the Alt-Right movement and declared that “diversity is a code word for White genocide.”

University of Maryland Takes Steps to Combat Hate and Create a Safer Campus

University of Maryland Takes Steps to Combat Hate and Create a Safer Campus

In response to incidents of perceived racial bias on campus, the University of Maryland has announced an action plan to “combat hate and create a safer campus.”

Women's College in Georgia Confronts Its Racist Past

Women’s College in Georgia Confronts Its Racist Past

At Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, hazing rituals which included women in robes and blackface and wearing nooses around their necks continued into the late 20th century.

Princeton University Scholar Cancels Speaking Tour After Receiving Death Threats

Princeton University Scholar Cancels Speaking Tour After Receiving Death Threats

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University, cancelled a series of public events after she received death threats after she gave the commencement address at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

Murder of Black Student Prompts University of Maryland to Take Action

Murder of Black Student Prompts University of Maryland to Take Action

Richard Wilbur Collins III, a 23-year-old Black man who had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army was stabbed to death on May 20 as he was waiting for an Uber driver at the University of Maryland College Park.

Racism Rears Its Ugly Head on Several College and University Campuses

Racism Rears Its Ugly Head on Several College and University Campuses

As series of racist incidents occurred on college campuses across the United States in recent days. Here are some examples.

Student Protests Grip the Campus of Salem College in North Carolina

Student Protests Grip the Campus of Salem College in North Carolina

The women’s college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has a student body that is 22 percent Black. The student protesters maintained that faculty had used the word “nigger” in class and claimed that the college “fosters a culture of racism, sexism, and elitism.”

North Carolina State University Establishes a Bias Incident Response Team

North Carolina State University Establishes a Bias Incident Response Team

The new organization encourages members of the community to report incidents of bias and offers support to victims of such incidents. The team does not conduct bias incident investigations, which will still be handed by law enforcement and other university authorities.

Anti-Defamation League Report Documents Rise in Hate Group Activity on College Campuses

Anti-Defamation League Report Documents Rise in Hate Group Activity on College Campuses

Since the beginning of the academic year last fall, there have been at least 107 incidents where White supremacist fliers have been posted on the campuses of colleges and universities across the United States.