ERIC Number: ED345642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Racial and Religious Tensions on Selected Kansas College Campuses.
Kansas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
A fact-finding meeting on racial and religious tensions on college campuses in Kansas was held, with participation by community leaders, college and university officials and instructors, law enforcement officials, college students, and community relations experts. Topics covered were the extent of the tensions; likely causes of the problem; and administrative, community, media, law enforcement, and institutional responses. The following findings and recommendations were developed: (1) university and college administrations are more reactive than proactive; (2) higher education institutions should develop effective and clear policy statements that address bias-motivated incidents; (3) college and university programs pertaining to minority student concerns are academically oriented and lack an emphasis on campus support systems designed to facilitate new and different living environments; (4) college administrators should provide appropriate and creative student support systems for racial and religious minority students; (5) some victims of bias-motivated incidents are reluctant to report their complaints through the college's formal complaints system, while others lack knowledge about the system; (6) institutions should review existing complaint systems; (7) conflict among groups has been heightened by competition for perceived limited resources; and (8) administrators must provide leadership that promotes harmony. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.