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OU Evans Hall sit-in: Big XII Council on Black Student Government releases statement supporting sit-in

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The logo for the Big XII Council on Black Student Government.

On Thursday, an organization representing all Big XII schools issued a statement in support of students participating in the sit-in at Evans Hall, which has entered its second day.

The Big XII Council on Black Student Government tweeted a response letter around 11 a.m. Thursday, which read that the organization is “standing in complete solidarity with” the students currently participating in the sit-in, which was organized by the Black Emergency Response Team following repeat incidents of professors using the N-word in classes.

“As a council, we support the actions and voices of the University of Oklahoma community in this unacceptable situation,” the statement read. “We expect the university’s administration to refer to its code of conduct in order to emphasize that there is no tolerance for discrimination, racism and/or bigotry.”

In the statement, the council wrote that it supports all demands made by BERT, including the resignation of Provost Kyle Harper, mandatory equity training for faculty, creation of a university multicultural center and creation of a semester-long diversity class for incoming students.

Many of the students organizing and participating in the sit-in recently participated in the council’s annual conference, which OU hosted from Feb. 20 to Feb. 23.

Blake Douglas joined the OU Daily news desk in October 2018, and is currently the editor-in-chief. Previously, Blake has served as an intern reporter, senior news reporter, summer news editor and news managing editor.

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