Johns Hopkins University has announced that it is banning a “black students only” club, following complaints by student activists.
The university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion released a statement Tuesday that said that the “black only” policy was being implemented as a response to a “troubling number of incidents” in the student body.
Students were concerned about the “negative impact that the black students’ club has had on the university’s community,” the statement said.
“We do not agree with the policies of our campus, and we are working with the university to address the concerns,” the university said in the statement.
“Black students, especially black men, are disproportionately represented in the university and our community, and are often at the forefront of our social movements.
Our students have spoken out on this, and the administration is listening,” the group added.
“As an institution, Johns Hopkins strives to ensure that every person of every background and culture is treated with respect and dignity and that every individual is treated as an equal human being.”
The group said that there had been “a number of disturbing incidents” of racial bias at the university in recent years.
In May, an article on the Black Student Union (BSU) website said that a number of the students in the Black Students’ Club at the school were black and white and that they were being discriminated against.
In August, another student reported being accosted by a male student and harassed by other students, while a Black student was expelled from the school.
The report said that students were complaining that the Black students club was a “white supremacist” group.
In March, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee told the student newspaper, The Daily, that he had been subjected to racial slurs and made fun of because he was “a white guy.”