- The Washington Times - Monday, August 17, 2015

Officials at Henderson State University in Arkansas are defending signs that were recently posted on campus that ban sagging pants, despite complaints that they unfairly target black students.

“Posting the signs was a response to increasing concerns expressed over the past year by students, faculty, staff and community members about appropriate behavior across our campus, both in and out of the classroom,” Tonya Smith, a university spokeswoman, told Inside Higher Ed. “Our faculty in particular had experienced an increase in inappropriate classroom behaviors that were disturbing the learning environment.”

Some students accused the school of racism after officials recently posted signs in the student center saying profanity, excessive loudness, rude behavior and sagging pants would “not be tolerated.”

“It’s politically insensitive to certain groups,” student Kristin Bell told a local ABC News affiliate. “They felt like they were being targeted.”

The university said in a message sent to students last week that it did not intend to “specifically target” any groups on campus. The signs were eventually taken down, but officials stressed that they still expect students to follow the rules that were posted, Inside Higher Ed reported.

“We have removed the signs,” the university stated in its message to students. “However, we remain committed to supporting campus and classroom environments conducive to learning and respect for all members of our community.”

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