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UCSD Reaches Settlement Over 2010 Incidents Targeting Black Sudents

Aired 4/13/12 on KPBS News.

UCSD has reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education over racially-charge incidents that happened on campus two years ago.

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.

Students listen at the UCSD teach-in on February 24, 2010 as speakers address...
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Above: Students listen at the UCSD teach-in on February 24, 2010 as speakers address the controversy following the 'Compton Cookout,' a racially-themed party near campus.

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education said Friday that 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.

The federal government demanded changes after nooses and a Ku Klux Klan-style hood were found on campus in 2010 and students at an off-campus party dressed in costumes that mocked Black History Month.

Students of color occupied the chancellor’s office following those events and demanded campus reforms.

A written statement from the university said the agreement recognizes the school’s “extensive efforts to address harassment and discrimination and reinforces a plan for continued improvements in campus climate."

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