Student withdraws from university after dressing in racist Halloween costume


Ku Klux Klan outfit (File photo)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Monday December 1, 2014, CMC – A university student who attended a Halloween party dressed as a member of the racist Ku Klux Klan, has withdrawn from the institution.

“Ross University…has really worked hard to build relationships within the St. Kitts and Nevis community, and we wish to stress to the community in the strongest possible terms, that the actions of one student are certainly not representative of Ross University and our student body as a whole,” said Assistant Dean of External Communications Jodi Peeler.

Speaking on WINN FM radio station here, Peeler said the Ross University has already begun beefing up its orientation presentation on cultural sensitivity in the wake of the incident.

“The one student’s off-campus behaviour was clearly offensive,” Peeler said, noting that the school’s administration received complaints about the incident from other students, about the student who had attended a private party on Halloween dressed as a member of the white supremacist group.

“We talked to him about the incident and he issued an apology to students who had expressed concern. He made a very poor decision; our hope is that he learns from his mistake and gains a deeper understanding about cultural sensitivity and living in a diverse community.”

Peeler told radio listeners that plans were already being made to place even more emphasis on the legacy of a history that encompassed hundreds of years of racial hatred and oppression.

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) does not support any type of behaviour that discriminates against a person’s age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or social standing. “RUSVM has also implemented cultural sensitivity program as part of our student orientation, which is intended to encourage all of us to embrace the many cultures that exist within our school and community.”

The Us-owned Ross University’s medical school campus is in Dominica and has clinical education sites in Miami, and Saginaw in the United states. The veterinary school campus here is affiliated with more than 20 veterinary schools in the US, according to RUSVM website.

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