Police officers entered the classroom of an African-American studies seminar in October to inquire about a stolen cell phone that had been tracked to the location, prompting the professor leading the course to exclaim after the fact that “lots of people on campus, lots of people of color, are scared.”

The professor, Erik McDuffie, even compared the incident to the numerous shootings of African-American men across the country, stating that “the incident terrified me and it terrified my students.”