JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Jackson State University has confirmed that more than two dozen Brazilian students have been pulled from the college in central Mississippi due to concerns over crime.
JSU said in a news release Tuesday that the Brazilian students were attending the school through the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, administered by the Institute of International Education.
The university says the organization informed Jackson State on Nov. 13 that the group of 27 Brazilian students would be moved to the Savannah College of Art and Design.
JSU says one Brazilian student was robbed of a phone at gunpoint Nov. 9. Another had his backpack stolen from a bench the day before. In July, a Brazilian student had a cellphone grabbed from her hand.
JSU says campus police have increased patrols.