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How Boise State Is Addressing Concerns From Students Post-Election

Boise State University, campus
Adam Cotterell
Boise State Public Radio
Statue on Boise State campus.

Since the presidential election last week, colleges and universities have been dealing with reports of verbal and physical altercations between some Donald Trump supporters and other students.

As of Friday, Boise State had received no complaints of harassment after the polarizing election. But Dean of Students Christian Wuthrich says some students of color and those in the LGBTQ community have expressed concern over policy changes they fear could impact them under President-elect Trump’s leadership.

“It’s obviously too soon to understand what changes there might be," says Wuthrich, "but we still have fundamental rights that we try to point out to our students and continue to do education to make sure that they understand what their rights are and also understand that the institution supports everyone.”

Wuthrich says the student code of conduct outlines harassment – including verbal insults and name calling – as potential grounds for suspension from the university. The dean says people who experience aggression that violates university policy should notify his office immediately.

Boise State’s student population is 75 percent white, while international students comprise four percent of the student body.

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