Government & Politics

MU student faces discipline for racial remarks

The University of Missouri in Columbia
The University of Missouri in Columbia

University of Missouri authorities said a student was removed from the Columbia campus pending an investigation into reports he made racial slurs directed at black students rehearsing for homecoming.

The student, whose name has not been released, is suspected of disrupting a Legion of Black Collegians Royalty Court rehearsal after midnight on Sunday, said university spokesman Christian Basi.

MU’s Legion of Black Collegians is the black student governmental body on the campus.

According to university officials, members of the group said the white man began shouting racial slurs when he interrupted their rehearsal at Traditions Plaza, on the south quad.

Basi said the student was removed under the school’s code of student conduct and could face a multistep disciplinary process.

In response to Sunday’s race-related episode, on Tuesday 100 Praying Women and MU’s Black Men’s Initiative held a prayer service at the Gaines-Oldham Black Culture Center on campus.

Sunday’s incident comes weeks after student body president Peyton Head was called racial slurs while walking through campus.

This year is not the first MU has dealt with race-related disruptions on its campus. In 2010, two students were arrested in connection with a racially motivated incident after cotton balls were strewn across the lawn of the school’s Black Cultural Center as the campus prepared for Black History Month.

That incident led to a series of on-campus student discussions about race relations at MU.

Sunday’s incident vexed Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.

“Let’s stop this,” Loftin said in an obviously angry video reaction he released this week denouncing the actions by the student. “It’s enough. Let’s end hatred and racism at Mizzou. We’re part of the same family. You don’t hate your family.”

The Star’s Mará Rose Williams contributed to this report.