Towson U. Responds to White Student Union’s Campus Patrols

Towson University officials on Wednesday disputed claims by the leaders of an unrecognized White Student Union, who recently made headlines by announcing plans to conduct nighttime crime patrols on the Maryland campus. The group had claimed that the patrols were motivated by an increase in crime by black people against white people.

Campus officials pointed out in a written statement that the group is not officially recognized, and said that an individual quoted in recent news-media reports as a group member is not and has never been enrolled as a Towson student. They also pushed back against the group’s claims, saying that Towson “continues to be one of the safest campuses in the University System of Maryland.”

Local civil-rights groups have raised concerns about the patrols and the safety of black students on the campus, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The university’s statement said “egregious miscommunications” had been reported in the news media about crime on the campus. The officials said that crime statistics are not tracked by race and gender, and that there is “no evidence” that individuals are victims of crime because of their race. They added that the university tracks bias-related incidents, and officials “monitor all of these types of activities closely and respond swiftly.”

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