Noem wants probe of S.D. colleges after tip line brings reports of mask shaming, racial directives, woke culture
Governor's Office established 'whistleblower' hotline last month as push to reform Board of Regents university system
A “whistleblower” hotline set up by Gov. Kristi Noem to field reports of woke culture at South Dakota’s state colleges has already brought allegations of university-led promotion of “transgender ideology,” race-focused learning and mask mandates.
That’s according to a letter the Governor’s Office sent Friday to the South Dakota Board of Regents, calling for an investigation into a series of reports submitted to the tip line since its creation three weeks ago, at which time the Republican governor urged regents to take steps to stop “liberal ideologies” from dominating the six public universities they oversee.
“Many of these concerns match the specific steps that I highlighted in my earlier letter,” Noem’s latest letter reads, referring to an eight-step action plan sent to BOR on May 25. “I’m elevating to the Board of Regents for an investigation and adequate response.”
The establishment of the tip line was immediately followed by a flood of erroneous calls, seemingly meant to disrupt its rollout. However, it did receive reports from sincere callers, according to the letter, obtained by The Dakota Scout.
In it are allegations leveled directly at both the University of South Dakota and Black Hills State University.
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