Smith College unveils new policies to reduce ‘bias-related’ incidents

February 1, 2019

Smith College has announced several new policies meant to reduce the likelihood of “bias-related incidents” on campus, including changes to campus policing.

The changes come after a staffer called police on a black student worker, Oumou Kanoute, who was on her lunch break in a residence hall this past summer. The incident sparked protests and conversations about racism on campus. A third-party report that Smith commissioned found no wrongdoing on the part of the college employee, though some critics said that finding was because of the college’s substandard guidance on how to deal with race-based suspicious person situations.

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