Category Archives: Campus Climate

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U. of Maryland Student Is Charged With Hate Crime in Killing of Bowie State Student

Sean Christopher Urbanski was charged on Tuesday with committing a hate crime in the May 20 killing of Richard W. Collins III at the University of Maryland at College Park, The Washington Post reported. Mr. Urbanski, who is white, had been arrested in the stabbing of Mr. Collins, a black student at Bowie State University.

The FBI and other authorities are investigating whether Mr. Urbanski’s attack was racially charged. He was a member of the Facebook group “Alt-Reich: Nation.” Mr. Urbansk…

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Governor Declares Emergency Tied to White Nationalist’s Planned Speech at U. of Florida

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has declared a state of an emergency in connection with a planned appearance this week at the University of Florida by the white nationalist Richard B. Spencer, reports The Tampa Bay Times.

“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion; however, we have zero tolerance for violence, and public safety is always our No. 1 priority,” Governor Scott, a Republican, said in a written statement.

Violence erupted in August in Charlottesville, Va., f…

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Texas Tech Student Shot and Killed Campus Police Officer, Officials Say

Updated (10/10/2017, 6 p.m.) with additional details.

A 19-year-old freshman at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Tex., was charged on Tuesday with capital murder in the shooting death on Monday night of a 48-year-old campus police officer and father of two.

The student, Hollis A. Daniels, is accused of shooting Floyd East Jr. in the head while being booked on drug charges. Mr. Daniels, who the police say has confessed to the shooting, was taken into custody after campus police officers found e…

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Penn State Fraternity Is Suspended After Student Is Found Unconscious

Pennsylvania State University on Wednesday suspended the Delta Tau Delta fraternity after a student suspected of drinking there was found unconscious and was hospitalized, according to the Associated Press.

The 18-year-old male student was found unconscious in a State College street by the local police in late September. He is now recovering, said Lisa Powers, a university spokeswoman.

The suspension of Delta Tau Delta followed the death of a freshman, Timothy Piazza, at another fraternity’s in…

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Evergreen State College Students Are Penalized for Protests

Evergreen State College has penalized 80 students for breaking the Washington institution’s student-conduct code during protests over racial tensions last spring, The Seattle Times reported.

In the protests students demonstrated against racial inequality on the campus and a faculty member’s criticism of a “Day of Absence,” on which white students were asked to avoid the campus to acknowledge the college’s racial inequity. During the protests some students moved furniture against the doors of the…

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2 More Speakers Drop From Yiannopoulos’s ‘Free Speech Week’ at Berkeley

The speaker lineup for a multiday series organized by the controversial Milo Yiannopoulos remains in flux, as one person says he was listed to speak without his knowledge and another has withdrawn.

On Wednesday, Lucian B. Wintrich, a journalist with the Gateway Pundit, said he would not attend the event, at the University of California at Berkeley, despite having initially agreed to do so.

“I have decided to withdraw my name from Berkeley Free Speech Week’s schedule on the seemingly likely c…

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Milo Yiannopoulos and Student Group Say Berkeley Is Trying to Derail ‘Free Speech Week’

The controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos and a student group accused the University of California at Berkeley on Monday of trying to cancel their plans for “Free Speech Week,” an event slated to feature Mr. Yiannopoulos, Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, and others.

Mr. Yiannopoulos said the event, which is scheduled for September 24 to 27, would go on regardless. In a statement Mr. Yiannopoulos’s group said the university had raised bureaucratic and arbitrary ro…

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Georgia Tech Student Is Shot by Campus Police, Sending University Into Shock

Updated (9/18/2017, 10:46 p.m.) with word of violent protests and information from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

A knife-wielding student was shot and killed by the Georgia Institute of Technology’s police on Saturday night, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Scout Schultz, 21, was a computer-engineering student and president of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance on the Atlanta campus. Disturbing video of the incident shows the student brandishing a knife or similar weapon while slo…

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Cornell U. Announces Steps After Apparent Hate Crime

Cornell University is taking steps to “be a more equitable, inclusive, and welcoming university” after a student was hospitalized in what is being investigated as a possible hate crime, Martha E. Pollack, the university’s president, said in a written statement on Sunday.

On Friday a black student was physically assaulted and called racial slurs. One student was arrested in the incident, and several others, allegedly from a “currently unaffiliated fraternity” (Psi Upsilon), may have also been inv…

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Berkeley Casts Doubt on Motives of ‘Free Speech Week’ Organizers, Citing Missed Deadlines

In a lengthy statement on Saturday the University of California at Berkeley said the student organization behind the hotly anticipated “Free Speech Week” had missed key deadlines in arranging its plans with the university. Those failures by the Berkeley Patriot, the university said, had led it to question whether the group “actually intends to, and/or is able to, carry out the proposed events.”

The rollout of the speaking events, which will supposedly feature several prominent far-right figures,…