Hate crime

Task Force: Hate Crimes a Symptom of San Jose State Campus Climate

San Jose State University officials and LaDoris Cordell, the retired judge and independent police auditor who heads a hate crime task force, respond to a report that cleared the university of any wrongdoing in dealing with allegations of hate crime.

In 2011, a sociology professor released a study on campus climate at San Jose State University that noted problems with minorities feeling singled-out, isolated and discriminated against—sometimes even by faculty. The report’s author, Susan Murray, offered three recommendations: require diversity training for all staff and teachers, establish an office of campus diversity and incorporate diversity research into the tenure process.

Read More 4

Task Force: Sign of Racial Abuse at San Jose State Was Overlooked

Task force chair LaDoris Cordell, auditor Mike Moyes and SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi (left to right) talk to the media about alleged hate crimes that occurred on campus. (Photo by Jennifer Wadsworth)

A report issued earlier this week cleared San Jose State University of any wrongdoing in the way it reacted to reports of an alleged hate crime against an African American student on campus last semester. But a closer look at the evidence shows that there were red flags the school failed to notice, according to some members of a task force assigned to review the report.

Read More 5

Report Details Abuse Leading Up to Alleged Hate Crime at San Jose State

Students at a November rally protest campus policies that overlooked racial bullying at San Jose State University for more than a month. (Photo by Jennifer Wadsworth)

It took more than a month after the incident was reported to campus police for the president of San Jose State University to learn of alleged racial harassment that resulted in the arrest of four students on hate crime and battery charges.This afternoon, the university released a fact-finding review of racist hate crimes reported from a campus apartment last semester. The 52-page audit set out to determine at what point the school became aware of the abuse, what steps it took to fix the situation and whether campus policies allowed the bullying to go unnoticed.

Read More 1