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Rooney Met with #NotMyLoyola Organizers March 27

Courtesy of Murillo B. GonçalvesLoyola president Jo Ann Rooney met with some organizers from the #NotMyLoyola movement to address concerns following a Campus Safety incident in February.

Loyola president Jo Ann Rooney and several student organizers from the #NotMyLoyola movement met March 27, and plan to meet again in a few weeks.

Christian Anderson, director of executive and strategic communication wrote in an email that Rooney met with six to eight organizers March 27. Further details of the meeting, such as what was discussed, were unclear.

Anderson said the group plans to meet again with Rooney before the end of spring semester.

Rooney had originally tried to schedule a meeting with several organizers from the movement March 12 after protesters demanded university accountability in February following Campus Safety officers’ handcuffing of a black male student and the handling of Latina female student in the Damen Student Center.

Many in the movement have alleged the incident showed racial bias toward the treatment of students, and people, of color at Loyola by Campus Safety officers.

The organizers ultimately refused the March 12 meeting, citing concerns the meeting wouldn’t be open and public and conflicted with class schedules, according to a movement spokesperson.

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