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Former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has completed a year-long independent review of Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety after their response to a string of racist incidents on campus in late 2019.  That prompted weeks of protest, and the atmosphere of mistrust between students, officers, and administrators escalated from there.

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At the end Syracuse University’s last semester, racist crimes took hold of the campus community. What does it take to make higher education institutions more inclusive?

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Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud didn’t waste any time in his Winter Message Monday in addressing the racist incidents that gripped campus in November.  He began his speech by saying the students, faculty, and the community went through a hard time, facing hate, fear and uncertainty.  

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 UPDATE:  Syracuse University's Board of Trustees announced Thursday the formation of an Independent Advisory Panel, in conjunction with a newly formed Board of Trustees Special Committee on University Climate, Diversity, and Inclusion.  Together, they will assess and provide recommendations regarding programs, policies, and initiatives designed to foster and strengthen diversity and inclusion on campus.

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A Syracuse University professor is using social media to bring the community together following a series of racist incidents that made some students feel unsafe on their own campus. 

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Members of the Not Again SU movement held a brief walk out Thursday where they delivered petitions demanding the resignation of chancellor Kent Syverud and other top administration officials. 

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Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud sent a message to the university community Monday with an update on the work they're trying to accomplish toward campus safety when students return from Thanksgiving Break. 

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The head of a non-profit leadership and diversity firm says it appears that Syracuse University doesn’t have a solid plan in place to handle the racist incidents that have consumed campus over the past two weeks.

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The multiple agencies investigating incidents of racist graffiti, verbal attacks, and most recently, a manifesto released electronically are reassuring Syracuse University students and faculty that they’re not in danger.  Officials say Monday night, someone airdropped what appeared to be copy of the manifesto written by the New Zealand mass shooter, which prompted a request for state police patrols in and around campus. 



Syracuse City Police and FBI agents made public statements today that they are working together to follow up on the positing of a white supremacist manifesto that was posted on a digital media site and sent via air drop to students at a Syracuse University library.