Missouri State students seek changes

3 years 10 months 2 days ago Thursday, November 19 2015 Nov 19, 2015 Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:23:00 PM CST November 19, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A group of students at Missouri State University said they'll protest if the university doesn't address several concerns, including instituting a zero-tolerance policy for hate crimes.

The Springfield News-Leader reported the students also have several other demands, including personnel changes, naming rights for the planned Diversity Center and an audit of multicultural services.

The students said they also want the university to issue a public statement by Dec. 1 that includes acknowledging systemic racism in higher education and instituting the "zero tolerance policy" for hate crimes.

The students gave their list Tuesday to university President Clif Smart, Dean of Students Thomas Lane and Vice President of Student Affairs Dee Sisco.

Smart said the university's taking the list seriously and wants an ongoing dialogue with the students. 

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