SMU revokes admission for racist comments

It’s not every day that a law school publicly announces it has revoked an incoming students’ admission. But, that’s exactly what Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas did earlier this month. 

In a statement posted on Twitter, the school said, “ SMU has revoked its offer of admission to an incoming Dedman School of Law student, based on the student’s racially offensive behavior recorded on social media that contradicts the University’s core values – specifically, its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Racism has no place on a campus that embraces respect for all SMU students, faculty and staff and equips its students to make a difference in the world." 

SMU has received some backlash online for keeping the students name and what the posts said a secret, but the law school says it’s limited in what information it can disclose in a situation like this.

“Because of Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) we are restricted as to what can be said about students,” SMU Dedman School of Law said in its public statement.

SMU Dedman School of Law is a private university that has just shy of 750 students enrolled in its law program and 28.2 percent of the 2019 incoming class are students of color and approximately 50 percent are female.

On its website, where potential students go to learn about the law program, SMU Dedman School of law says, “We pride ourselves on a student body that is as rich and diverse as the courses it studies – one that brings their unique perspectives to the classroom.” 

The private university has been called out by current students and alumni for past racist experiences on campus. SMU has also been criticized recently over its response to current social unrest following the death of George Floyd.

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