In February 2016, a former UCLA student said he was repeatedly harassed and bullied by former admissions office staff at the school.
The student, who requested anonymity because he has not spoken to his attorney, says the students who had been responsible for his application, including a vice dean and an admissions officer, would ask him to “stop being an idiot” and to “be more assertive.”
The students also made comments such as, “You’re just a loser.”
The student says that he was not a good student, but “that’s how they felt.
It wasn’t like they didn’t like you or anything.
But it was because they were afraid of the way I was being perceived.”
He also says that his admission to the University of Southern California, where he studied English, was denied.
The Los Angeles Times has reached out to UCLA for comment.
The university has released a statement saying it is “working with the Office of Civil Rights to address these allegations.”
A USC spokesperson told the Times that “students and their families should have the right to speak freely in their classrooms, and USC is committed to a respectful, safe and caring learning environment.”
USC is one of many schools across the country that have faced backlash from the “bias incident” scandal.
A USC student filed a federal lawsuit against the school and the Office for Civil Rights last year alleging that the school mishandled the student’s claim and used racial stereotypes to discriminate against him.
In March 2017, the California Supreme Court declined to hear the case, meaning that the case could go to trial, though the case is still ongoing.
According to the Times, the case involved a UCLA student who claimed that his college experience was “bullied” by his former classmates and that he received “misleading and discriminatory treatment.”
He has said that he has had “many” interactions with students from other schools at UCLA and USC.