“As I reflect on the past two weeks, I personally offer my apologies to the students, faculty and staff who have been deeply harmed”
As a response, students will now be required to take diversity training, starting next year.
The College Fix reports:
NDSU president apologizes to activists, offers ‘plan of action’ to combat campus racism
The president of North Dakota State University has offered an apology to the campus community and proposed a “plan of action” to help fight campus racism.
President Dean Bresciani suffered the wrath of student activists who, in early December, had demanded more action against racist hate speech.
Bresciani’s response to a racist Snapchat incident was called “completely unacceptable” and “horrible” by at least one student.
Not helping Bresciani’s case with the activists — despite it being 100 percent correct — was his pointing out that the university is limited by the First Amendment as to what sanctions it can mete out.
“As I reflect on the past two weeks, I personally offer my apologies to the students, faculty and staff who have been deeply harmed,” Bresciani wrote in his recent email. He then noted several ways in which NDSU is working to “improve the campus climate”:
— The school has hired an “external consultant” to “ensure that NDSU is being consistent with all best national [equity] practices.”
— A task force was created to “develop actionable items” on the diversity and inclusion front.
— The Student Code of Conduct will be reviewed using an “equity, inclusion and innovation” lens.
— Students will be required to take “diversity and cultural competency training” beginning next year.
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