Monday, October 21, 2013

UCLA Grades Itself in Handling Faculty Complaints of Racial Bias

Benjamin Franklin once noted that few have enough courage "to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them." UCLA recently took a step towards self-examination by reviewing how it handles racial bias and discrimination complaints from faculty. The review, which was launched by Chancellor Gene D. Block in 2012, found that university policies regarding racial bias and discrimination were ineffective and that the university had few procedures for addressing discrimination complaints. While most faculty members who reported incidents of bias have been successful during their UCLA tenure, they felt that the administration was indifferent to their concerns and rarely made corrective efforts to reduce discrimination. In a letter last Friday to faculty and administrators, Chancellor Block wrote that the university would adopt many of the proposals in the report, including appointing a full-time campus discrimination officer to investigate allegations of bias. Read more here.

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