USU grad files lawsuit against university for racist caricature

Mar 21, 2023, 7:00 PM

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Utah State University is being sued for allegedly mishandling a complain from a former student. (Mike DeBernardo, Deseret News)

(Mike DeBernardo, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah State University grad filed a lawsuit against the school after he said his professor drew a racially inappropriate caricature of him and claims the school did little to investigate.

Greg Noel graduated in 2020. Noel said he made the report in 2020 and felt that the university brushed it aside.

Noel is of Haitian heritage and said when he and his classmates saw the sketch, they immediately knew it was supposed to be him.

According to Noel, it had exaggerated features that highlighted his afro and eyebrows.

He reported this, and other incidents, against the professor after he felt racially singled out. But according to him, nothing was done.

In a statement, USU said when the complaint was made, it followed its non-discrimination policy to reach its conclusion.

In its statement, USU said it addressed the issue one on one with Noel. The university said it provided supportive measures and hearing his concerns. The university said it approaches each claim individually and aims to provide a fair and respectful process for all parties. USU has strongly refuted Noel’s claims that he was largely ignored.

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USU grad files lawsuit against university for racist caricature