A black college student is speaking out after a campus employee called the police on her to report seeing someone who appeared to be "out of place".
McCartney said Smith staff members will be required to participate in mandatory anti-bias training beginning in the fall and the school would host a series of workshops for faculty and staff focused on "topics of identity, inclusion, bias-response and bias-prevention".
The campus police officer who responded determined that the call was unfounded because there was nothing suspicious, the school's institutional equity officer, Amy Hunter, said Wednesday in a statement.
Oumou Kanoute, a sophomore who is working as a teaching assistant and residential adviser, said in a Facebook post that she was taking a work break on Tuesday when she was approached by a police officer asking her why she was on the campus.
Kanoute said she was eating lunch and reading a book in a common room on campus that requires keycard access when she noticed a white man and a white woman pacing outside the room's entrance.
'It just still upsets me to just talk about it because I don't even feel safe on my own campus and I'm away from home, ' she said through tears.
Later, the police officer calls back the dispatcher to let them know things are "all clear", and no report would be filed. Administrators have also confirmed that the employee who racially profiled Kanoute has been suspended.
Second, Kanoute demanded a private conversation between her, the employee and the administration that addresses the "reconciliation and acknowledgement of this wrongdoing from the employee and the college". "I want a public apology from that caller and I want them fired from the school", Kanoute said.
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Thirdly, Kanoute demanded an apology from the school and the employee during that meeting, which she said must precede "any decision for or against punishment" regarding the racist incident.
Update: We have received multiple requests to release the name of the individual who called Campus Police.
July 31, 2018, 1:53 p.m. "U$3 mm ... I don't see anybody in the building at this point and uh I don't know what he's doing in there just laying on the couch".
On Friday, Smith also released a redacted transcript of the phone call the employee made to campus police. I didn't approach her or anything but um he seems to be out of place ... umm ...
Dispatch: I'll send someone over and check it out.
"Alright. I'll wait over here", the caller says.
Smith College has retained the Sanghavi Law Office to conduct "a thorough, external investigation".