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U. of Minnesota to be more ‘selective’ in mentioning race in crime alerts

After a doctoral student suggested getting rid of racial descriptions in crime alerts at the University of Minnesota, the school decided to meet him halfway.

Minnesota Daily reports that the school will be “more selective” in mentioning race in the alerts:

The school will now include suspect descriptions in its alerts only if there is information specific enough to help identify a person or group, according to an email sent to University faculty members, students and staff.

The modified alerts are part of an effort to make the University community feel more comfortable, according to an email from Vice President for University Services Pam Wheelock and President Eric Kaler. …

Wheelock, along with University police Chief Greg Hestness, will now decide what to include in the alerts on a case-by-case basis.

This is important because the campus was “hit with a string of violent crimes in fall 2013 — including a sexual assault and an attempted armed robbery — prompting safety discussions among administrators and the campus community,” the Daily says.

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