FIRE lauds Marshall’s dropping of race-based course restrictions

August 17, 2006

A campus watchdog has convinced Marshall University in West Virginia to stop offering racially segregated classes. The school had been limiting several freshman orientation classes to "African American students only."

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) wrote a letter to Marshall's President Stephen Kopp, protesting the racially segregated classes, after which the university changed the course descriptions, dropping the race-based restrictions. This fall, several sections of the school's University Studies 101 course will focus on "African American student issues," but will now be open to all students, regardless of race or ancestry, and their official course descriptions will reflect this fact...