TSU Mentioned on NPR Concerning Race Relations


At another table, Keonna Hill starts talking about her plan to make sure she gets into her dream school — Tennessee State University. Hill says she’s also concerned about the protests sweeping college campuses across the country.

“Everywhere you go, there’s racism and its a problem. I am scared, I mean what kid wouldn’t be scared,” Hill says.

Tennessee State University is a historically black college and Hill says she expects the campus atmosphere there to be comfortable.

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Some TSU police officers have troubling backgrounds

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After a deadly shooting on Tennessee State University’s campus, the university president vowed to make campus security a top priority.

TSU President Glenda Glover unveiled a new security plan to keep students and faculty safe.

Channel 4 took a close look at who will be implementing that plan and doing the protecting. What we found raises questions about who TSU is choosing as their police officers and how they are choosing them.

TSU has 25 commissioned officers. Channel 4 found 11 of them had troubling backgrounds.

Donald Lawman works at TSU as a police officer. He was previously indicted by a grand jury after investigators said he and his wife went to the back door of a doctor’s office, sometimes in uniform, and used fake Social Security numbers to get prescription drugs.

Lawman was also suspended from Metro police after his police department gun was stolen out of his personal vehicle.

Lawman resigned from the Metro police force. His record was eventually expunged and he no longer has a criminal record.

Christopher Brooks was caught sleeping on the job repeatedly while with Metro police. He left the department after being accused of making repeated sexual advances at women in downtown Nashville in 2008.

Brooks also works as a TSU officer.

The Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission, or P.O.S.T., took away Brooks’ certification. He appealed and won.

While that was good enough for TSU, Nashville Fraternal Order of Police President Danny Hale said the university needs to dig deeper.

“In the vetting process, it’s just better that they did in a little deeper,” Hale said.

Keith McGrapth’s Metro personnel file said he left work in his police uniform and patrol car. He then went to a club to help women onto the stage during a bikini contest.

After leaving the club, officials said he crashed his car into another car that was parked on the side of the highway.

McGrapth was also suspended for allegedly having drugs in his car and destroying them.

Metro investigators also said McGrapth back-dated forms so his coworker, James Lawrence, Jr., could work an off-duty job at the Sheraton Hotel.

Both McGrapth and Lawrence resigned. They now both work together as officers at TSU

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Family Seeks Justice After Son Killed At TSU


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A month since Cameron Selmon was gunned down on the campus of Tennessee State University, his parents have traveled hours from Memphis, on several occasions, seeking justice.

“We’re going to keep doing it, keep hitting the ground doing whatever we have to do,” said Stacia Payne, Selmon’s mother. “We have looks like 30 to 40 family members and friends here, so we’re here.”

On Sunday, Cameron’s family braved the cold to hand out fliers to anyone they could.

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TSU Alumnus Hired as Office of Institutional Equity Director at MSU

As part of its continued efforts to prevent, address and respond to sexual misconduct in the campus community, Michigan State University has hired the first director of its Office of Institutional Equity as well as a new Title IX and Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator.

Ande Durojaiye will be leading the OIE office, created in April to handle all discrimination complaints, including sexual assault and relationship violence. He is transitioning to MSU now in a part-time role and will start full time Nov. 30.

Prior to joining MSU, Ande Durojaiye served as the executive director of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance and Title IX coordinator at Florida Atlantic University, where he was tasked with leading all university initiatives related to equity, inclusion and civil rights compliance. Previously, he worked as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. He earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a master’s degree of higher education from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University.

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