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U of Houston Ends Policy Requiring Actors to Wear Vests

February 2, 2023

The University of Houston has ended a policy requiring student actors to wear vests when rehearsing outdoors, The Texas Tribune reported.

The policy was put in place last year after a campus police officer drew a gun on a Black student while he was rehearsing a play. At the time, the university said the policy would prevent such incidents.

But students said, and the university agreed, that the policy was the wrong approach. Brandon Sanders, a senior who is studying acting, said, “A bright green–colored vest is not gonna change the color of my skin, and my skin is black.”

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