UCSD Reaches Settlement over Compton Cookout Incidents

The US Department of Justice reported today that UC San Diego has reached a settlement with the Departments of Justice and Education over the racial incidents in February 2010 associated with the now infamous “Compton Cookout“.  The settlement arose from an investigation by these Departments over complaints of racial harassment against African-American students on campus, in violation of Titles IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“Under the terms of the resolution agreement, UCSD will take steps to prevent racial harassment on campus, respond appropriately to harassment that occurs, and eliminate any hostile environment resulting from harassment.   The university has agreed to revise its campus policies and procedures related to racial harassment to ensure they are consistent with federal civil rights laws; maintain an Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination to receive, investigate, and resolve complaints of harassment and discrimination; and provide mandatory trainings for staff and students on the university’s anti-discrimination policies and procedures.   The university also voluntarily initiated a number of additional programs to address campus climate issues, and the departments will monitor the implementation of those programs to evaluate their impact on resolving the departments’ concerns.”

For more details, see the Department of Justice website.