No credible evidence that Missouri State discriminated

4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Friday, January 01 2016 Jan 1, 2016 Friday, January 01, 2016 11:50:44 AM CST January 01, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An investigation has found no credible evidence that Missouri State University discriminated against the top black official at the school.

The Missouri State Board of Governors hired outside investigators after an online petition alleged the Ken Coopwood, vice president of diversity and inclusion, was subjected to "despicable and hostile" behavior by his staff. His supporters also alleged the school administration discriminated against Coopwood and marginalized him by restructuring his job a year ago.

The Springfield News-Leader reports a summary of the investigative report was made public Thursday.

Board of Governors chairman Stephen Hoven says investigators interviewed 38 people and reviewed dozens of documents, and the board was "absolutely confident" the investigation's conclusion is accurate.

The newspaper said Coopwood did not respond to an email seeking comment.

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