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University Of California Will Change Racial Harassment Charges After Justice Department Demand

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SAN DIEGO -- The University of California, San Diego, has agreed to overhaul practices for handling complaints of racial harassment after a series of campus incidents that targeted blacks two years ago.

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education said Friday that the school has created an Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination. It agreed to expand training for students and staff and revise policies and procedures to ensure they are consistent with federal law.

The federal government demanded changes after nooses and a Ku Klux Klan-style hood were found on campus in 2010 and students at an off-campus party dressed in costumes that mocked Black History Month.

CORRECTION: A headline for this article elsewhere on the site incorrectly stated that these events took place at San Diego State. We regret the error.