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CAIR-LA Applauds Chapman University for Taking Action Against Student Involved in Bigoted Incident on Campus

(LOS ANGELES, CA – 2/6/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today applauded the swift action taken by Chapman University against a student filmed making bigoted comments.

In a release Thursday afternoon, Chapman University President Daniele C. Struppa, Ph.D., said:

“Racist and homophobic conduct will not be tolerated on this campus and we took decisive and swift action. As of this afternoon, the individual responsible for this incident is no longer a student at Chapman University.â€

On Feb. 4, the student, identified as Dayton Cole Kingery, was filmed repeatedly saying, “I (expletive) hate (N-word).†He was also filmed using homophobic slurs.

SEE: Chapman University Student Makes Racist and Hateful Statements

According to the Chapman University Panther, the student, identified as Dayton Cole Kingery, was detained and arrested by the Orange Police Department on Feb. 4 on charges of felony vandalism, assault and not cooperating with officers.

READ: Chapman student arrested on felony, assault charges

In his statement, Struppa also pledged the university would offer additional resources and provide support to the campus community.

In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said: 

“We are grateful for the quick response of the Chapman University administration in dealing with this situation. The decisive action by the administration serve as a statement that bigotry and intolerance are not welcome in an institution of learning and definitely not on the campus of Chapman University.â€

CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or

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