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Yale Might Revisit Decision to Keep Name of Calhoun College

Calhoun College, part of Yale University.
Kathryn Donohew—Moment Editorial/Getty Images Calhoun College, part of Yale University.

Students recently protested the college's name

(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — Yale University says it might revisit its decision to keep the name of a residential college named for 19th century alumnus John C. Calhoun, who was an ardent supporter of slavery.

Yale President Peter Salovey announced in April that the Ivy League university was preserving the name of Calhoun College, defying protesters who railed against it.

But Salovey announced to the campus community on Monday that he appointed a new committee to develop guidelines for proposals to remove historical names from university buildings or spaces.

He says many faculty, students and alumni have raised “significant and moving concerns” about keeping Calhoun’s name on the college. He says requests to remove the name will be reconsidered after the committee’s work is completed.

Calhoun was a U.S. vice president and senator from South Carolina.

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