Panel to Commence Homecoming Investigation

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President Soltz has chosen his three-person panel to investigate Homecoming dance incident, when students were dispersed from the Kehr Union with alleged police force. The investigation wil begin next week on Dec. 1st and 2nd.

As explained by Irene Johnson of University Relations, the members of the panel were chosen because they have experience with diversity on college campuses and campus law enforcement in environments similar to Bloomsburg University.

The panel will include ,Jack Dowling, president and principal of JD Security Consultants LLC, Downingtown, Terrell Jones, vice provost for educational equity, Penn State University, and Kahan Sablo, dean of student life, Edinboro University.

Currently, the panel members are reviewing a DVD with clips from the incident and campus policies, and holding teleconferences to design the best approach to the investigation. Johnson says that after private interviews with students, university police, administrators, local law enforcement officers, and other campus representatives, the goal is to understand exactly how the events from Homecoming unfolded. The hope is to move the university forward as a community and to avoid similar incidents in the future and demonstrate Bloomsburg University’s commitment to inclusivity and the value of diverse experiences. The panel will provide the university with a report of findings and recommendations that will be shared with the campus community, explained Johnson.

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  1. so will the panel decide whether or not the police response was appropriate, and issue a statement either supporting the law enforcement’s behavior or condemning it?

  2. The answers I received were guided more toward developing a plan for the future so this sort of thing does not happen again. Clearly, that means that we all recognize that SOMETHING went horribly wrong. I’m sure the panel will come to their own conclusion about the degree of force, and the motivation behind the force whether it be racially charged or otherwise – But whether their specific conclusion about that will be expressed, well, I doubt it, but we’ll see. Ultimately, it’ll all come down to how to best salvage the university’s image.

    But On that note, so far, I have actually been impressed by the reaction of the university, as far as the forum and the formation of the panel goes. We’ll see if the higher-ups will finish it off right.

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