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FLINT (WWJ/AP) - A Mott Community College professor and a black secretary say there’s a culture of racism that’s become prevalent at the Flint school.

Beverly Bliesath, a business management professor, and Chulindra Cooks spoke Monday at a meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees, accusing individuals of exhibiting racist behavior, The Flint Journal reported.

Bliesath also read a letter from a psychology professor who was unable to attend the meeting. It stated that racism and discrimination against people based on their age have created a hostile work environment. Bliesath also appeared before the board at its Feb. 25 meeting.

In a written statement, Mott Community College President Richard Shaink said the complaint is being investigated thoroughly and all allegations are being addressed. Shaink said that the school “takes reports of discriminatory conduct seriously.”

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