Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

OCR to Investigate Black College with No Black Faculty

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

OCR to Investigate Black College with No Black Faculty

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PHILADELPHIA- Bluefield State College in West Virginia, a historically Black college which has no Black faculty and few Black students, is being investigated by the Philadelphia Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education.

"There were allegations made. We are investigating, but we haven't framed the scope of the investigation," said Robert A. Ford of the OCR.

The investigation is an automatic response to a complaint by Dr. Garrett Olmstead, a former associate professor of anthropology and sociology who claims that the college has been "systematically getting rid of all its Black faculty, lowering Black student enrollment, and destroying its identity as an historically Black college."

Olmstead, who is White, did not return to Bluefield this semester because, he said, he did not feel safe there. He claims that a student threatened to hit him, and then several days later the same student almost ran him over with a car.

"I was being threatened and security was covering it up," Olmstead said. …

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