- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A University of Maryland student group has issued a new set of demands in respond to administrators’ vow to create a “rapid-response team for any hate bias incident.”

The group, ProtectUMD, now wants hate speech classified as “cult activity” in response to the May 20 on-campus killing of Lt. Richard Collins III, a visiting black student from Bowie State University.

Police arrested Sean Urbanski, 22, and charged him with first- and second-degree murder after the officer’s death.

Four demands issued by students include:

  • The university must consider hate speech “cult activity.”
  • The university must implement a “zero tolerance” policy for hate speech.
  • “Environmental scans” must be conducted after hate speech incidents to gauge the reaction of students, faculty, and staff.
  • A hate speech task force must give students “significant amount of legislative power.”

The College Fix, and educational watchdog, did not receive a response by the school’s Black Student Union (managers of ProtectUMD’s organizefor.org petition) prior to its reporting Wednesday. The website sought clarification on specific sanctions those faced with hate speech claims should face.

Campus spokeswoman Katie Lawson told The College Fix that such matters “will be taken up by the Task Force” after it is assembled.

The FBI is investigating Collins‘ death as a hate crime, and school officials have set aside $100,000 for diversity outreach funding.

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