SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose State University reacted consistent with its policies to alleged hate crimes against a black student last fall except that its president was not briefed about them for five weeks, according to a report released Monday.
University employees took action in October on more than dozen incidents at a student housing complex where university police said four white students committed hate crimes against the black student, said Myron Moye, a San Francisco attorney who wrote the independent report.
SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi on Dec. 4 appointed Moye to prepare a fact-finding report on allegations that the four freshman students confined their black roommate with a bike lock, subjecting him to racial slurs or references, pulled various pranks on him and displayed a Confederate flag at their housing suite.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has filed misdemeanor battery charges with a hate crime enhancement against students Logan Beaschler, 18, of Bakersfield, Joseph Bomgardner, 19, of Clovis, Colin Warren, 18, of Woodacre and a fourth student who was a juvenile at the time of the incidents.
The fact-finding report and its conclusions about the incidents will be used by the Special Task Force on Racial Discrimination formed to propose new policies at SJSU to prevent future hate crimes, according to LaDoris Cordell, the task force’s chairwoman.
Moye, Cordell and Qayoumi appeared at a news conference at the university’s administration office Monday to announce the completion of Moye’s report.
Cordell’s 18-member task force, including five SJSU students, three faculty members and campus and state college administrators, will hold the first of six planned public meetings on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at room 285 in the Engineering Building on campus, Cordell said.
“Our investigation has begun and our job is to take from this investigation, this information, to figure out what recommendations we can make so that this kind of situation can never happen again,” Cordell said.
“I believe that this process, from the very beginning, the fact finding until now, has moved swiftly,” Cordell said.