Tech President Denies Discrimination Accusations - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/21/02

Tech President Denies Discrimination Accusations

Accusations of sexual discrimination are becoming common in the Texas Tech Law School, so on Thursday, President David Schmidly spoke to students in the school to explain his record on diversity. Last Thursday, several Tech students marched across the Tech campus in protest of the alleged discrimination.

The students shouted for more women and minorities in faculty positions at Texas Tech. On Thursday, President Schmidly hoped to address the students concerns by assuring them of his dedication to fair hiring practices.

"I've never stated any intent whatsoever to discriminate in the appointment of any employee at this university. I've never threatened nor harassed nor retaliated against any member of the Texas Tech family," said Schmidly.

The students point to the uneven numbers in the Texas Tech faculty. Of the 1,188 faculty members, only 21 are African-American and 46 are Hispanic, and of the 12 deans in the law school, all are white and only two are women.

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