University of California San Diego Agrees to Take Steps to Prevent Racial Harassment

The United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education have announced that they have resolved an investigation of racial harassment directed against African Americans on the campus of the University of California at San Diego.

Complaints alleged multiple incidents of racial harassment on campus including public displays of nooses and a hood from a Ku Klux Klan uniform.

The university voluntarily agreed to take steps to prevent future acts of racial harassment, to eliminate any hostile racial environments on campus, and to respond appropriately when incidents of harassment occur in the future. The university agreed to maintain an Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination and to provide mandatory training for staff and students on the university’s anti-discrimination policies and procedures.

“Students have a right to seek and obtain an education without facing racial harassment,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. “UCSD, like all colleges and universities, has an obligation to make clear that racial discrimination and harassment on campus will not be tolerated, and this agreement is a significant step in the right direction.”

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