USD Senate is urging ban of ethnic nicknames

USD Senate is urging ban of ethnic nicknames The Senate of The University of South Dakota passed a resolution Feb. 6 urging the North Central Conference (NCC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to ban the use by any member institution's athletic teams of a nickname, mascot, or logo that depicts an ethnic group other than one that has a direct and close tie to the heritage of the institution.

The predominant ethnic composition of the entity that founded or governs an institution and of the institution's student body or geographical community may establish an ethnic group's direct and close tie to the heritage of the institution.

An institution's long-standing use of a nickname, mascot, or logo that depicts an ethnic group does not establish the depicted ethnic group's direct and close tie to the heritage of the institution.

An institution should be permitted to use a nickname, mascot, or logo that depicts an ethnic group that does not have a direct and close tie to the heritage of the institution only if the use is formally sanctioned by the governmental or other recognized entity that represents the depicted ethnic group.

The University Senate urges the university administration and all university representatives to the NCC or NCAA to use their best efforts to bring about adoption of the ban recommended by this resolution by no later than June 30, 2005. The University Senate will receive a progress report by its February, 2003 meeting.

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