Yale continues to mull name change for Calhoun College

FILE - This 2007 file photo shows Calhoun College, one of the 12 residential colleges housing Yale undergraduates at Yale University. Some institutions outside the South are reconsidering whether to still honor historical figures with ties to slavery and the Confederacy. There’s also a push to strip the name of John C. Calhoun, a white supremacist, from the building at Yale University.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Yale University continues to mull whether to change the name of a residential college named for 19th century alumnus John C. Calhoun who was an ardent supporter of slavery.

The decision lies with the Ivy League university’s governing body, the Yale Corporation. It’s been gathering input from students on names it might consider for Calhoun College and two new residential colleges Yale is planning.

Calhoun was a U.S. vice president and senator from South Carolina. Three portraits of Calhoun were recently taken down from the walls of the residential college.

Debate over the name began last summer after nine black worshippers were slain in a Charleston, South Carolina, church.

The Yale Corporation is expected to announce a decision by this spring.