Report: Smith College employee provided non-discriminatory reason for calling police on student

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A report has been released looking into the incident in which Smith College Campus Police were called to investigate a black student for looking “out of place.” 

Investigators ultimately concluded that the caller provided a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for calling the campus police back in July. 

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The report says the investigative team did not find sufficient information that this decision was based on the student’s race or color. Campus police were called to investigate a black student who was quietly eating her lunch in a common room on July 31. 

The call came from a college employee. Many students read the report when it came out Monday morning.

“While the incident can’t be totally put on race, there is definitely a racist element that play into this incident,” Smith College junior Sarah Glidden said.

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The report identified two areas for improvement, including employee policies and trainings as well as policies and trainings specific to campus police–all with the aim of reducing the likelihood of bias-related incidents. 

Faculty and staff at Smith College are taking a sensitivity training this fall.

Read the full report below:

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