Champagne Ellison, a senior at San Jose State University, speaks at a rally protesting a reported racial hazing of an African-American freshman last month on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News, Karl Mondon)
Qayoumi also announced that after meeting Friday morning with the Rev. Jethroe Moore, president of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chapter of the NAACP, he is taking a number of steps in response to the allegations, including: hosting a campus forum in December to discuss racial intolerance at SJSU; offering a lecture series next spring on diversity and tolerance; and a review of the university’s practices related to students’ well-being.
“Our goal is including race-based misconduct in existing zero-tolerance student conduct policies,” Qayoumi said, adding that he had asked for a report on the policies by Dec. 15 and would share the results publicly.
Qayoumi and Moore will hold a press conference on the campus at noon Monday to discuss the pending criminal charges.