Civil Rights Activist Demands Probe into Liberty University’s Treatment of African American Student

by Gee NY

Civil rights activist Essie Berry is calling for a comprehensive state and federal investigation into Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, over allegations of discriminatory practices against African American student Alexis Reason.

In a press release first published by Black News, Berry singled out the university’s President Dr. Dondi E. Costin, Chairperson Dr. Maria Garcia de La Noceda, and reviewer Dr. Renita P. Ellis-Watson for their alleged role in orchestrating circumstances that led to Reason’s academic struggles.

Reason, a student enrolled in Liberty University’s Doctorate of Business Administration program with a focus on HR, reportedly faces financial suspension due to an alleged failure to register for a class.

Berry contends that Reason’s rights as a student have been violated and highlights the university’s obligation under Title IX to address such complaints seriously.

She criticizes President Costin’s purported inaction and accuses the university of neglecting Reason’s concerns.

According to Berry, Liberty University’s handling of Reason’s complaints raises concerns of retaliation, a violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Berry further alleges a history of mistreatment by Dr. Renita, citing previous lawsuits during her tenure at DeVry University in 2016. She suggests a pattern of retaliatory behavior against students who voice complaints.

Liberty University has faced previous controversies, including a recent $14 million fine for Clery Act violations, which require institutions to accurately report crime statistics and provide adequate support for sexual assault survivors.

For inquiries or further information regarding Alexis Reason’s allegations, Activist Essie Berry can be reached at (202) 425-1901 or

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