FAMU students allege discrimination in lawsuit filed against Florida university system


TALLAHASSEE, FL – A live oak tree covered in Spanish moss is seen on the campus of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a historically black university, during finals week in Tallahassee, Fla. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (Zack wittman

A group of Florida A&M University students sued the state’s university system Thursday, saying the historically black university is underfunded and subject to discriminatory practices compared to other state institutions.

The federal lawsuit filed in Tallahassee alleges that the state violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by engaging “in a pattern and practice of intentional discrimination … maintaining a separate higher education system.”

The lawsuit said the state takes years longer to complete infrastructure improvements at FAMU than at non-historically black schools, duplicates programs at neighboring Florida State University that discourage FAMU attendance, does not provides sufficient resources for student recruitment and retention and fails to do so. do enough to recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff.

The state university system did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment from The Associated Press.


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