Representatives of Indiana University’s Asian-American Association say alleged hate crimes on the IU campus last weekend are an isolated incident and not indicative of the campus culture as a whole.
The Wednesday meeting at the Collins Living and Learning Center focused on discussing the next steps in addressing the alleged Sunday assault and robbery of four Asian students by a group of African-American students. Pam Freeman is the co-chair of IU’s Racial Incident Team and says if the students believed to be responsible are indeed found culpable, there will be disciplinary action by the University.
“In not at liberty to divulge anything that has gotten into the campus disciplinary system, the campus judicial system, but I can tell you that procedurally a normal response for something of this magnitude could very possibly be dismissal from the university,” said Freeman.
IU Chief of Police Keith Cash says 18-year-old IU student Terry Campbell, Jr. was arrested on charges of robbery and battery causing serious bodily injury within 24 hours of the incident. Police say they’ve identified another suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest.