Following student backlash to the treatment of some students of color by Loyola Campus Safety Feb. 24, the firm investigating the incident released its findings to the university Tuesday night.
The private firm Hillard Heintze found the Campus Safety officers didn’t racially profile two black men outside a men’s basketball game as some students claimed. The firm also found officers didn’t use excessive force in their interaction with Alan Campbell, but did use “inappropriate control techniques” on Paloma Fernandez during the incident.
The report includes interviews with Loyola administration, Campus Safety officers and students. The names of students and the two men scalping tickets were redacted in the interest of privacy, according to the statement, but Campbell and Fernandez are named due to their involvement in a lawsuit regarding the incident. The PHOENIX is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
The report provides recommendations to the university, including increased training for Campus Safety officers and the use of body cameras by Campus Safety officers, which is already set to begin in the fall.
According to the university’s statement, Loyola will share its plans for the investigation’s recommendations once it has been made.
“We deeply appreciate the contributions of everyone involved in the investigation, report review and development of the recommendations,” the statement said. “Our goal remains focused on building a campus of inclusion, safety, and diversity.”
This story will be updated as more information is available.