When a black Yale student took a nap in a common room, a white student called the police

Lolade Siyonbola a black graduate student at Yale University was seen sleeping in a common room by a white student who called the police on her.

Siyonbola said she was working on a paper for class and fell asleep in the common room when Sarah Braasch, Philosophy PhD student, came in and turned the lights on.

“You’re not supposed to be sleeping here. I’m going to call the police.”


Two police officers eventually arrived to the scene and Siyonbola posted a 17 minute Facebook live to document what happened.

One of the officers said “She called us (and) said there’s somebody who appeared they weren’t … where they were supposed to be.”

Siyonbola unlocked her dorm door to to prove she lived in the building. The officers asked Siyonbola for her ID, and after several minutes of hesitation she handed it over.

“I really don’t know if there’s a justification for you actually being in the building,” Siyonbola said, saying she needed to get back to working on her paper.

Her name matched the database and officers said she was free to go.

The officers in the dorm had admonished Sarah Braasch, saying Siyonbola had every right to be present, according to Kimberly Goff-Crews, Yale’s vice president for Student Life.

“This incident and others recently reported to me underscore that we have work to do to make Yale not only excellent but also inclusive,” Goff-Crews said in a statement.

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