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Adviser Who Threatened to Call the Police on Black Student Is Put on Leave

Kennesaw State University has placed an academic adviser on leave, pending an investigation, after she was caught on video threatening to call the police on a black student, the college said in a statement on Friday.

Abby Dawson, director of advising and internships in the university’s department of exercise science and sport management, was seen in the video telling a student he was engaging in “harassment” by waiting to speak to an adviser.

The university said in its statement that the investigation was expected to take about two weeks.

“Kennesaw State is dedicated to providing a positive academic experience for all students,” said Ken Harmon, its provost and vice president for academic affairs, in the statement. “We also have a responsibility to provide all students, faculty, and staff with a fair and thorough review process.”

The video, posted on Twitter by the student, Kevin Bruce, sparked a discussion — using the hashtag #ItsBiggerThanKSU — about race and how students are treated on campuses.

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