Yale University committee recommends standards for college name change

FILE PHOTO - This Feb. 2, 2007 file photo shows Calhoun College, one of the 12 residential colleges housing Yale undergraduates at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Some institutions outside the South are reconsidering whether to still honor historical figures with ties to slavery and the Confederacy. There’s also a push to strip the name of John C. Calhoun, a white supremacist, from the building at Yale University. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – Yale University’s president has appointed a panel to consider whether to rename a residential college named for an ardent supporter of slavery.

President Peter Salovey said the panelists will use the recommendations of a university committee that on Friday released guidelines to follow when the school considers changing building names.

Yale has been under pressure to change the name of Calhoun College, named for former Vice President John C. Calhoun, an alumnus and supporter of slavery.

Friday’s report from the Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming says changing the name of anything at the Ivy League school should be an exceptional event done only when the person was honored for a “legacy fundamentally at odds with the university’s mission.”

The committee cautioned that renaming should not have the effect of erasing history.


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