University of Oregon sued for discrimination against whites

The lawsuit lists six events, including graduation ceremonies, in which only black, indigenous or colored people were allowed access.

Pacific University Oregon is facing a federal civil rights complaint for segregation and discrimination against whites. The lawsuit argues that this is a repeated action by the school, and cites as an example up to six cases, most of them acts exclusively for BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color).

"The university’s multiple cases of illegal race-based discrimination suggests that they are either unacceptably unaware that this type of racial discrimination is illegal, or, they are instead inexcusably unconcerned about unlawfully violating the civil rights of certain groups of students (whites/non-BIPOCs)," said Mark Perry, a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan who denounced the facts, in a statement to The College Fix.

In the lawsuit, Perry charges that the university has held "six different programs, social events, forums and graduation ceremonies just for BIPOC, at which no whites are admitted, for faculty, staff and students." Something that runs afoul of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which "prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in any program or activity that receives federal funds or other federal financial assistance."

Discrimination in six acts

Specifically, the facts denounced are:

  • A September 2022 "BIPOC Staff & Faculty Hoopla," stating in its complaint "that, as the name implies and the event website confirms, it was a BIPOC-only event."
  • A BIPOC Mentoring Program open house in October of that same year "which, as the name suggests and the event website confirms, was a BIPOC-only event."
  • An event hosted every Wednesday during the Fall 2022 semester called "BIPOC Let's Talk: A confidential space for Black, Indigenous and people of color to talk, find support and establish community." The complaint notes that the program is still in place today.
  • A BIPOC Alumni Virtual Forum whose invitation states, "Our alumni who identify as black, indigenous and/or people of color are invited to join us virtually to connect and discuss Pacific's future."
  • A graduation celebration for people of color.
  • An off-campus field trip for members of the BIPOC university community.