Campus Racial Incidents

Presbyterian College Has Expelled Four Students for Racist Behavior on Campus

Presbyterian College Has Expelled Four Students for Racist Behavior on Campus

Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, expelled four students and suspended another student for one year for an incident that included the racist and sexist harassment of the women’s lacrosse team from historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C.

White Student at Middlebury College Charged With a Hate Crime

White Student at Middlebury College Charged With a Hate Crime

A White student at Middlebury College in Vermont reported to local police that he had been attacked by a group of Black students while he was walking across campus. It was later determined that the White student had allegedly been the aggressor and had assaulted a group of students after making racially charged statements to them.

Three Former Coaches at Highland Community College in Kansas Have Filed a Lawsuit

Three Former Coaches at Highland Community College in Kansas Have Filed a Lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges Highland administrators sought to discourage Blacks from attending the school, intimidated Black student-athletes into leaving, and told coaches not to recruit African Americans.

Racist Graffiti Found on the Campus of Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts

Racist Graffiti Found on the Campus of Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts

Racist graffiti was found in men’s restrooms in a residence hall and the athletic field house on the campus. Hateful graffiti including a swastika had been found on several occasions in the past month at the college.

Once Again, a Large Group of HBCUs Subjected to Bomb Threats

Once Again, a Large Group of HBCUs Subjected to Bomb Threats

Once again, multiple HBCUs received bomb threats on January 31 and February 1. Unlike the January 4 incidents when most students had not returned from winter break, the campuses were forced to halt classes and other activities due to the threats.

Student Expelled From a SUNY Campus After Posting a Racist Video

Student Expelled From a SUNY Campus After Posting a Racist Video

A student at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York was expelled after he posted a racist video where he used a racial slur and threatened violence against African Americans.

Mural on the Campus of Washington University in St. Louis Is Defaced With Racist Graffiti

Mural on the Campus of Washington University in St. Louis Is Defaced With Racist Graffiti

A mural depicting several notable African Americans on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis was vandalized and defaced with racist graffiti. The faces of some of the African Americans were painted over and the name of a White supremacist group was painted on the mural.

Racist Incidents Reported on the Campus of the University of Utah

Racist Incidents Reported on the Campus of the University of Utah

People dressed up in Ku Klux Klan outfits were seen in a residential hall at the University of Utah trying to recruit students for a White supremacist group. In another incident, human excrement was found smeared on the dormitory room door of a Black student.

Racist Group Chat Among Sorority Members Exposed at the University of Alabama

Racist Group Chat Among Sorority Members Exposed at the University of Alabama

According to published reports, the president of Alpha Phi sorority wrote to group chat members, “I’m gonna yack, it smells so bad in here,” referring to the atmosphere in a local bar. Another member agreed, before another member wrote, “cigs, weed, and black girl.”

Hate Crime on the Campus of the University of Utah

Hate Crime on the Campus of the University of Utah

A university contractor was making a delivery to the loading dock at a residence hall on the campus of the University of Utah. Two students in a room above the loading dock shouted the N-word and threw sunflower seeds and coffee pods out the window at the individual below.

A Racial Incident on the Campus of Worcester State University in Massachusetts

A Racial Incident on the Campus of Worcester State University in Massachusetts

A racial slur directed against African Americans was found on a window of a common area in a  residence hall at Worcester State University in Massachusetts.

Hate Group Targets Campus of the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota

Hate Group Targets Campus of the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota

Posters and stickers referencing the Patriotfront, a known white supremacist group, were found attached to doors, signs, and posts at various locations on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Several Racist Incidents Occur at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Several Racist Incidents Occur at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Racist emails and online messages have recently been directed at Black students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Also, it was reported that a motorist yelled a racist slur at a group of Black students on campus.

A Banana Was Taped to the Dorm Room Door of Two Black Students at Rhodes College in Memphis

A Banana Was Taped to the Dorm Room Door of Two Black Students at Rhodes College in Memphis

After a banana was taped to the door of two Black male students’ dorm room at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, students at the college complained that the administration’s response to the incident was slow and not sufficient.

Professor Wins $375,000 Jury Verdict in Unlawful Retaliation Lawsuit

Professor Wins $375,000 Jury Verdict in Unlawful Retaliation Lawsuit

In 2014, Dr. Nicholas Alozie claims he was passed over for promotion as dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University due to the fact that he criticized the university’s hiring process and record on faculty diversity during his initial interview. A jury has awarded him $375,000, agreeing that Dr. Alozie was a victim of illegal retaliation. The university has vowed to fight the verdict.

Black Historian Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Black Historian Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The suit claims that “Dr. Brian Mitchell has experienced a nearly continuous pattern of discriminatory interference with achieving access to fair terms, conditions, and opportunities for advancement.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison Removes a Boulder That Was Offensive to Many on Campus

University of Wisconsin-Madison Removes a Boulder That Was Offensive to Many on Campus

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has removed a 70-ton boulder from the heart of campus. In 1925, the rock was removed from a campus construction site and placed near Washburn Observatory. The boulder became know as “niggerhead rock.”

Hate Crimes Continue to Plague College and University Campuses

Hate Crimes Continue to Plague College and University Campuses

In 2018, of the more than 34,000 criminal incidents that occurred on the campuses of postsecondary institutions and were reported to police or security agencies, 814 incidents were classified as hate crimes. Race was the motivating bias in 43 percent of reported hate crimes.

Racist Graffiti Found on the Campuses of Northern Kentucky and Kent State Universities

Racist Graffiti Found on the Campuses of Northern Kentucky and Kent State Universities

A mural on a rock at Northern Kentucky University that contained support for Black student organizations was vandalized with the logo of the Patriot Front, a White supremacist group, and the N-word was founded scrawled on a plague at Kent State University in Ohio.

Racist Hate Message Found on the Campus of Kansas State University

Racist Hate Message Found on the Campus of Kansas State University

The message displayed on a white board at the Multicultural Student Center asked “Why do you celebrate Black History Month?” The answers to this question found on February 26 during Black History Month said “What history?” and “Because it’s a joke.”

Virtual Events at the City University of New York  Zoom Bombed by Racists

Virtual Events at the City University of New York Zoom Bombed by Racists

Several virtual Zoom events hosted by CUNY campuses were the targets of hateful attacks by individuals who infiltrated the online forums and posted racist, White supremacist messages and images. The events included campus celebrations of Black History Month.

Vandals Attack the Home of the First Black President of the University of the South

Vandals Attack the Home of the First Black President of the University of the South

Reuben Brigerty stated that “they have trashed our lawn with beer cans and liquor bottles. They have left threatening messages on pilfered signs near our back door and they have taken measures to ensure that my family and I saw the indecent insults that they left behind.”

How Hate Crimes in a State Impact Enrollments at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

How Hate Crimes in a State Impact Enrollments at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The authors of the study, published by the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis, found that an increase in reports of state-level hate crimes predicted a 20 percent increase in Black first-time student enrollment at HBCUs.

Racist Caller Leaves Offensive Voice Mail Messages at Simmons College of Kentucky

Racist Caller Leaves Offensive Voice Mail Messages at Simmons College of Kentucky

Administrators at Historically Black Simmons College of Kentucky in Louisville received at least two racially offensive voice mails following the presidential election.

A Racial Incident on the Campus of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts

A Racial Incident on the Campus of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts

More than 100 students participated in a sit-in at the administration building after a pro-Black Lives Matter T-shirt with the phrase “Yes they do” on the front was defaced with a racist slur and placed on a table in the laundry room in a campus dormitory.

Racial Slur Found on a Sidewalk at Arizona State University

Racial Slur Found on a Sidewalk at Arizona State University

The university’s Black African Coalition noted that due to current racial tensions in the country “it is very likely that incidents like this will continue to happen around our campuses and the surrounding area.”

University of Georgia Online Guest Lecture Zoombombed With Racial Slurs and Threats

University of Georgia Online Guest Lecture Zoombombed With Racial Slurs and Threats

The approximately 40-minute lecture by Dr. Garcia Peña of Harvard University discussed how the killing of Black Dominican feminists, in an attempt to silence their activism, was countered by the kinship and community networks of the larger Afro-Dominican Diaspora.

Penn State Men's Basketball Coach Resigns After Investigation of "Noose" Remark

Penn State Men’s Basketball Coach Resigns After Investigation of “Noose” Remark

An internal investigation following a report that the coach told a Black player that he would “loosen the noose that’s around your neck,” uncovered new undisclosed allegations that led to the resignation.

Former Assistant Dean at Millersville University in Pennsylvania Files Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Former Assistant Dean at Millersville University in Pennsylvania Files Race Discrimination Lawsuit

The suit alleges severe harassment from her superiors, including leaving her out of important meetings, denying opportunities for advancement, being passed over for promotion, and interfering with an attempt to hire a Black student to assist her.

Racists Stage a Vehicle Parade Through the Campus of Elon University in North Carolina

Racists Stage a Vehicle Parade Through the Campus of Elon University in North Carolina

Occupants of the vehicles were heard to yell “White Power!” as they passed through campus. The protestors also yelled “No they don’t” as onlookers who held Black Lives Matter signs.

University of Michigan-Dearborn Apologizes for What Appeared to Be Segregated Chat Rooms

University of Michigan-Dearborn Apologizes for What Appeared to Be Segregated Chat Rooms

The University of Michigan-Dearborn recently hosted two concurrent virtual conversations, which were called “cafes.” One was for people of color and the other for those who are not people of color. The use of the word “cafe” caused some people on campus to believe that the university was establishing racially segregated facilities.

White Supremacist Spray Paints Racist Messages on University of Wisconsin Buildings

White Supremacist Spray Paints Racist Messages on University of Wisconsin Buildings

Among the messages spray-painted on buildings were “Aryan Brotherhood,” and “White Lives Matter Most.” After examining security camera footage, police arrested a 71-year-old White man and charged him with five counts of criminal damage to property.

Hardin-Simmons University Student Posts Racist Video on Social Media

Hardin-Simmons University Student Posts Racist Video on Social Media

A student at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, is no longer enrolled at the university, after it was discovered that she posted a racist video on social media.

As Protestors Take to the Streets, the Haters Still Lurk in the Academic World

As Protestors Take to the Streets, the Haters Still Lurk in the Academic World

Amidst what may be the greatest wave of protests for racial justice ever seen in the United States, it is not surprising that there have been reactions from those who hold bigoted or racist views.

Racist Zoombombs Oklahoma City University's Online Graduation Ceremony

Racist Zoombombs Oklahoma City University’s Online Graduation Ceremony

On May 9, Oklahoma City University held its graduation online on the Zoom platform. During the benediction offered by student Jay Williams, the hacker displayed a swastika and a racial slur on the screen.

Racists Zoombomb Black Student Group at the University of South Carolina

Racists Zoombomb Black Student Group at the University of South Carolina

During an online social gathering of the Association of African American Students at the University of South Carolina, racist individuals crashed the Zoom meeting and proceeded to post a plethora of images, videos, and messages containing racist slurs and derogatory terms.