UC San Diego Revises Handling Of Racial Harassment

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The University of California, San Diego agreed to overhaul practices for handling complaints of racial harassment following a federal investigation of campus incidents that targeted black students two years ago, officials said Friday.

The school agreed to operate an Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, require training for students and staff, and revise policies and procedures to ensure consistency with federal law, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education said.

The federal government demanded changes after nooses and a Ku Klux Klan-style hood were found on campus in 2010, and students at an off-campus party dressed in costumes that mocked Black History Month.

The federal agencies extensively investigated the 2010 incidents and fielded additional complaints of racial discrimination and harassment. Xochitl Hinojosa, a Justice Department spokeswoman, declined to elaborate on the additional complaints.

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