Feb. 28, 2018 Dr. Krentz makes statement of unequal expectations for Black students. This statement made by Dr. Krentz is referenced in a meeting with acting-president Jim Dunlop on March 26, 2018. A formal complaint referencing this statement is made on April 1.
Here is a portion of that official complaint:
My personal complaint of your conduct resides in our private conversation after the Wednesday chapel service on February 28. In my opinion our chapel services during this Black History month were some of the best experiences and best-attended weekly services in my time as a seminarian. After the last service, I felt the need to thank you for allowing this small change in tradition and your reply was to implore a skeptical tone as to whether our Black peers would be back for worship services that did not have Black leadership. I was not quick enough (nor likely brave enough) to immediately rebuke this poor thinking, so let me correct that error now. No student is required to attend chapel. No student owes chapel attendance to you. This is especially true for our Black peers when they see the Dean of Chapel as someone who limits leadership roles for African-descent students by denying or delaying their requests. I need to see change; I am hoping for change. As it stands I cannot stand with you until you and ULS stand publicly against racism in policy and practice.
It is important to note here that the claims filed by students concerning Dr. Krentz’s implicit bias expressed through racist words and actions have been investigated by a human resources firm hired by the Board of Trustees. As of July 2018 these complaints have been substantiated and reported to the board. Dr. Krentz then resigned as a member of the faculty and ULS students were notified on August 2, 2018. No mention of the students substantiated claims is given which allows his actions to be labeled as individualistic and not rightly contextualized as both an individual’s acts which are also part of the ongoing systemic issue of racism at ULS. One of the proposed policies in the ULS Policy Survey seeks to address this ongoing systemic issue in the ULS community. This announcement is part of the timeline of racism at United Lutheran Seminary