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MSU Students Voice Concerns Following Offensive Survey

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Reginald Hardwick
The MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences hosted a public forum Tuesday to hear from students and faculty who felt offended by a research survey that contained racial epithets.

Some Michigan State University students and faculty held a public forum Tuesday to talk about a recent research project that many deemed to be offensive and racially charged. 

The forum was held in response to a survey given by an MSU communications professor that was intended to gauge public response to racist online remarks. 


It included derogatory terms that offended and threatened many who received it. 


Some faculty members spoke of creating a more transparent review process for potentially controversial research. 


They indicated that type of change will take time.


Journalism student Diamond Moore didn’t like hearing that.


“My grandparents heard that, my parents heard that…that’s not something that I’m willing to accept,” she says.  “Hopefully, if there’s another forum, I hear more that tells me that something is actually going to change during my time here and not 20 years after I’m gone.”


The MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences is considering its next steps, including the creation of an internal research review team.

10/30/19 12:18 p.m.- Editor's Note: WKAR is a division of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Neither the university nor the college have a say in any of our editorial decisions.


Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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