(New Haven, CT) – Yale University is gaining attention after a white student called campus police on a black student for falling asleep in a commons room. Lolade Siyonbola posted a video online of her interaction with officers, who said they received a report of an unauthorized person on campus.
She said she dozed off in the common room of her dorm while writing a paper, and the white student came in, turned on the lights and told her she should not be there.
Siyonbola opened her dorm room to show officers she lived on campus, but was still asked to show her student ID to prove she was a student. A spokesperson for Yale said the school believes the police followed the right procedures.
The dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences also sent an email to students discussing the importance of inclusivity.