- The Washington Times - Monday, November 23, 2015

Framingham State University in Massachusetts sent out a campus-wide “bias incident” alert last week after a student reported seeing a Confederate flag picture on someone’s laptop.

The Gatepost, Framingham’s student newspaper, confirmed in an article Sunday that the email came from Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Sean Huddleston, Campus Reform reported.

In his email, Mr. Huddleston said he was “informed that a productive discussion” between the complainant and the student who owned the laptop “was achieved.”

“The Bias Protocol and Response Team has been made aware of the incident, and will meet to determine any measures that may be needed to respond to this incident,” he said. “It is strongly suggested that anyone impacted by a bias incident find someone to speak with.”

Mr. Huddleston said that while some view the Confederate flag as a “symbol of shared southern heritage and in memory of the Civil War,” others see it as an “inflammatory symbol of oppression and a constant reminder of a dark period in the history of the United States in which slavery was a legal, accepted and desired practice.”

“Symbols such as these are not condoned by Framingham State University, as they violate the core values of our institution and are not considered consistent with our desire to maintain a safe, respectful and welcoming campus community for all,” Mr. Huddleston said.

The letter comes on the heels of a contentious campus forum held Tuesday, during which many students complained about the administration’s handling of what they believe have been racist incidents, The Gatepost reported.


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