Missouri State University

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Calling for better accountability and commitment to Missouri State University’s public affairs mission, a group of students has delivered recommendations to the Board of Governors on how to improve the school’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

Bullying has been directly correlated to lower attendance rates, increased high school drop out rates, lower college enrollment rates, and in some horrific instances, suicide. Nearly every school has adopted a no tolerance bullying policy and instituted intervention programs for victims. Dr. Leslie Echols, assistant professor of psychology at Missouri State University, believes that victims need a more personal response and is working on a research project entitled “Are fast friends slow to bully?” that could serve as a preventative measure if instituted widely. 

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The chair of the Missouri State University Board of Governors, Steve Hoven, has issued a statement on “current events” on campus.  The message, sent by the University Communications Office, is in response to a petition filed on MoveOn.org by Du’Sean Howard to “call attention to the gross and racist treatment being hurled at Dr. Ken Coopwood.”  Coopwood is MSU’s first black vice-president and serves as vice president of diversity and inclusion there.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Following the issuance of demands by a student group at Missouri State University, MSU’s president, Clif Smart, and MSU Board of Governor chair, Steve Hoven, have issued a statement they say, “underscores our commitment to diversity.”  In the statement, issued today, they outline what they call “the university’s continued path toward inclusiv

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Scott Harvey / KSMU

One week remains for Missouri State University administrators to respond to demands from a group of students seeking change to the school’s diversity policies.

The signed document calling for acknowledgement and action on a number of issues was delivered Nov. 17 to President Clif Smart, Dean of Students Thomas Lane, and Vice President of Student Affairs Dee Sisco.

Three of the seven students who signed the document spoke with KSMU about the list and what’s transpired since it became public.

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