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Faculty vs. Campus Police on Racial Profiling

August 8, 2022

More than 100 faculty members at California State University, Long Beach, have signed a letter backing Steven Osuna, a Latino associate professor of sociology, who has accused the campus police of racial profiling.

Osuna said campus police refused to let him back into his own office when he accidentally locked himself out of it. The officer said he was following campus policy. "Numerous white CSULB faculty members have shared that campus police have opened their office doors, in some cases without ever asking for identification," the letter said.

The letter also said, "It is equally important to note that Dr. Osuna is an internationally renowned scholar, a highly decorated teacher, and a successful mentor of CSU students with expertise in the areas of critical criminology, racism, policing, and criminalization."

The Statewide University Police Association, which represents officers at Cal State, sent a letter to the university's Board of Trustees accusing Osuna of misrepresenting what had happened, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Osuna tweeted in response, "The Statewide University Police Association (SUPA) is saying I should be investigated for 'dishonesty and malicious intent' for speaking up against racial profiling. This is clear intimidation and an attempt to silence my union and I."


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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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