Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

OCR to Review Racial Harassment Policies in Nebraska, Vermont

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

OCR to Review Racial Harassment Policies in Nebraska, Vermont

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LINCOLN,Neb. - Officials from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights visited the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to review the school's racial harassment policies. Also, University of Vermont officials announced that OCR will conduct a review of whether that institution is taking appropriate steps to address racial harassment on its Burlington campus.

In both cases, university officials said the reviews were not prompted by complaints. The investigations are part of a larger effort to understand the changing nature of race relations on college campuses.

Officials from the department met with UNL officials, students, and community groups in Lincoln, Nebraska, to determine whether the policies and procedures the school has in place are working.

Linda Crump, director of the UNL's office of affirmative action and diversity, acknowledged a cross burning by the Sigma Chi fraternity last year. However, she said the university was not aware of any incidents of harassment by security guards that targeted Black students, as has been contended.

"I think [OCR is] trying to work with universities to examine policies and procedures to prevent harassment," Crump said. …

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