UC president: Hate acts may prompt policy changes

SACRAMENTO — University of California president Mark Yudof says recent acts of racism and intolerance on its campuses have prompted UC to consider changing its policy on bias incidents.

In a March 29 letter to four state lawmakers, Yudof condemned the incidents, which included graffiti of swastikas and a noose found hanging from a library bookshelf. He said UC may expand its code of conduct to explicitly prohibit such acts.

Lawmakers had requested UC provide a detailed account of its policies on hateful acts.

The letter was released to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Yudof also provided a tally of vandalism incidents involving hate speech. Over the past five years, 115 episodes have occurred across UC's 10 campuses. Only four suspects have been identified.

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