UC San Diego to open racial harassment investigation office

LA JOLLA (CNS) – UC San Diego officials agreed to open an office to investigate alleged racial harassment of black students and take other anti-harassment steps as part of a settlement with federal authorities, the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday.

The deal involving the university, Justice Department and Department of Education ends a federal investigation into a series of complaints that started with an off-campus party called the “Compton Cookout.” That February 2010 event led to several months of tension on campus, including the discovery of a noose in UCSD’s main library and a white hood found on a statue.

Blacks, who make up a small fraction of the student body, said they felt uncomfortable on campus.

The announcement said UCSD entered into the resolution voluntarily.

Campus officials said they were preparing a statement that would be released later. After the incidents occurred, they took several steps on their own in an attempt to reduce racial problems.

Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division, said students have a right to receive an education without being subjected to racial harassment.

“UCSD, like all colleges and universities, has an obligation to make clear that racial discrimination and harassment on campus will not be tolerated, and this agreement is a significant step in the right direction,” Perez said. “We commend the university for working with us to address this matter, and we recognize the importance of this agreement in the context of larger efforts by the UC system to create supportive and inclusive learning environments for students.”

The school agreed to review policies to make sure they conform to federal civil rights codes, open an office to receive, investigate and resolve harassment claims, and provide mandatory training to employees and students on discrimination and harassment.

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