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Statement Regarding Hateful Speech on Beta Bridge

To the University community:

On the morning of Wednesday, May 1, a display of hate and bias was discovered painted on Beta Bridge.

The individuals responsible for this derogatory message were trying to intimidate and isolate members of our University community. We reject this expression of hatred, and we stand by the University's commitment to promote an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines.

There is no place for intolerance, bigotry, or hatred in such an environment. We condemn this abhorrent act, which is disruptive to civility and community life, is not representative of our values, and will not be tolerated.

The administration supports the statements issued by the Black Student Alliance and the Student Council condemning this incident.

Teresa A. Sullivan

Marcus L. Martin, M.D.
Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity

Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer