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Providence College students claim racial bias

Several Providence College Students stood outside the college's gates Wednesday to support five women who said they were denied access to an off-campus party over the weekend because they are black. (WJAR)

Several Providence College Students stood outside the college's gates Wednesday to support five women who said they were denied access to an off-campus party over the weekend because they are black.

"The guy holds the door and says, 'Do you people really think you're going to get into our party?" said Adrianna Ateh, a sophomore.

Ateh and the other women reported being cursed and having bottles thrown at them while outside of an apartment on Eaton Street

"I made direct eye contact with the student on the balcony and I saw him deliberately throw a bottle at the back of Tati's head," said another student, Phionna Claude. "Thankfully, it missed her by a couple of steps, but he was deliberately targeting her with a bottle."

"A big gray storage bin of water was dumped over the balcony," said Ivy Barclay, a third student.

A providence police officer was at the scene. He wrote in a report that he did not see anything thrown at the women.

"That's completely wrong," said Tatinna Medina, a sophomore. "It says I was extremely intoxicated but I was not intoxicated. I was coherent."

Medina said she asked a police officer for help and was denied.

Providence College issued a crime alert for attempted assault. The school's president also sent a letter to the student body stating the "incident is being investigated."

Professor Julia Jordan-Zachery is the Director of Black Studies. She's complained about racial problems on campus directed at her and other students.

Jordan-Zachery wants specific steps taken to improve race relations on campus.

"One has to use your voice to speak out about these things," she said. "Not because you want to cause home to the institution or cause harm to a single person, but simply because it's about your humanity that's at stake."

The Providence chapter of the NAACP is also taking an interest into the case.

Students and staff at PC told NBC 10 there are numerous smaller incidents of racial prejudice on campus that go unreported.

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