Racist incidents prompt policy change at California university

April 13, 2012

The University of California, San Diego, has agreed to overhaul practices for handling complaints of racial harassment after a series of campus incidents that targeted blacks two years ago. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Terry Ward reports.

TERRY WARD: The complaints alleged multiple incidents of racial harassment on the San Diego campus, including a public display of a Ku Klux Klan-style hood, and the hosting of an off-campus party where students were invited to dress as stereotypes of African-Americans. In response, The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education say the school has created an Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination. It agreed to expand training for students and staff and revise policies and procedures to ensure they are consistent with federal law. UCSD also will take steps to prevent racial harassment on campus, and respond appropriately to harassment if it occurs.

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