Miami, FL—University of Miami (UMI) officials banned students of color from its campus this past fall, a move that university President Joseph Vitale called a “reassessment of the diversity of our student body and of the university’s values.”
A report from the university found that only 15% of its black and Hispanic students identified as white, and the rest were either “other or no affiliation with the university.”
In a statement released on Tuesday, Vitale wrote that he and UMI President John F. Smith “reiterated our commitment to a welcoming and diverse campus and to maintaining our commitment not to discriminate.”
UMI’s decision to exclude students of “other” races from campus follows similar bans in other states.
The University of Michigan has also banned students from its campuses for a number of years.
In 2015, the University of Oklahoma rescinded a scholarship offer to a student who had been expelled from the school because of his race.
The school’s actions against black students, however, came after the release of a documentary that showed that a white man was killed by a black man in the campus housing complex during a gang-related incident.
The video was posted on YouTube in March 2016, and it sparked nationwide protests that led to the resignation of then-president Tim Wolfe and the ouster of the president.