PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Brown University Friday canceled two weekend events for black students following a string of attacks on white and Asian students.
Officials at the Ivy-league school took the action to limit the number of non-students attending campus events during the annual Parents' Weekend, said Robert Reichley, vice president for university relations.
The two canceled events are 'Funk Night' and a dance sponsored by Omega Psi Phi, a black fraternity.
'What we have decided to do is move some of the events held by minority students away from the perimeter of campus to the interior of campus. However, because of scheduling problems we were not able to hold those events so we canceled them. They will be held next week,' Reichley said.
Since late August, 22 students have been assaulted in 19 attacks. Fourteen of the attacks involved gangs of black youths beating white and Asian students. The rest were robberies.
The school is trying to prevent non-students who may have been involved in the attacks from hanging around parties this weekend, Reichley said. School officials did not discuss their actions with minority students.
Troy Priest, a senior who is president of the NAACP chapter at Brown, said he was concerned that the university's actions may be unfair. However, he said he wanted to speak with school officials before making further statements.
Last spring, the school was rocked by racist graffiti on the walls ofone dormitory and the racial nature of the recent attacks has increased tension on campus.
School officials have urged students to use shuttle buses and student escorts when traveling in and around the university.
Brown President Vartan Gregorian has condemned the attacks but asked students to remain calm and warned them not to take matters into their own hands.