Missouri State official accused of discrimination is disciplined
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Missouri State University diversity official accused of discrimination apologized after the school disciplined him.
The university would not say how Juan Meraz was disciplined. It did confirm that Meraz, assistant vice president for multicultural services, will keep his job.
The Springfield News-Leader reported Friday that Meraz promised to make all students feel welcomed and valued.
The student-led Springfield Coalition for Minority Advancement had demanded that Meraz be fired after a complaint was filed in December accusing him of expressing bias against black students and treating other students unfairly.
The student who complained, Monica Villa Meza, said at a news conference Thursday she was frustrated by the university's response to her complaint. She said she would seek some remedy outside of the university but did not elaborate.