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Report released on San Jose State hate crime allegation

Monday, February 03, 2014
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A report has just been issued about a hate crime allegation at San Jose State University that resulted in charges against three white students.

The 285-page report was written by San Francisco attorney Myron "Mike" D. Moye and it criticizes how long it took university police and other university staff to give full details to San Jose State's president.

The report points out the university has policies and procedures for handling misconduct, including racial harassment, but San Jose State staff and administration failed in two respects.

The report states, "The president was not briefed fully on this matter before Nov. 20, 2013." That's a month after housing personnel and university police knew of the problem. And it notes that "notifying higher authorities, communication with the family at the executive level, and planning for addressing the issue with the campus community were not undertaken in a manner that was viewed as consistent with the University's principles and commitments."

Students said president Qayoumi should have known that the freshman in room 704 was being racially harassed.

"As a president of the school, you should be more aware of what's going on on your campus, and the people who found out about it should have done more to inform the president of the school," said Drew Warmsley, a third year student.

San Jose State president Mohammad Qayoumi says change is in the works. He said, "I've already had conversations with my staff on changing some of the protocols so I'll be informed in a much more timely fashion."

It will now be up to retired Superior Court Judge LaDoris Cordell to chair a task force to make recommendations, based on the fact-finding report. The task force has 18 members and will begin meeting on Thursday. Its members are a cross-section of students, faculty, staff and alumni.

"All of these task force meetings are open to the public. They will be held in rooms that will accommodate about 100 people, and also they will be streamed," said Cordell.

The task force recommendations are due at the end of April.

"I want future freshmen to be safe and comfortable on this campus, and I don't think we're there yet," said Diana Crumedy, a SJSU graduate student.

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