All Members of the University Community
President John T. Casteen III
26, 2003 — An incident reported last night involving one of
our students has left many, African American students in particular,
feeling vulnerable and afraid.
This intolerable act insults and offends this community's core values,
including racial tolerance, civility, and mutual respect. Our first
obligation is to close ranks around our students to ensure their
safety and to reassure them of the community's protection and support.
all members of the University to raise their voices against acts
of intolerance and violence - whether they are committed by one
member of the community or by many.
night's setback notwithstanding, we continue our work to create
an open and civil community. That work now takes on a new urgency
to which we will respond with renewed resolve and vigor.
University Police Department is investigating this incident, and
we are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest
is not the first reported incident in recent months of intolerance
of this general kind. The decades-long efforts to make this University
an authentic cross-section of what we are as a people, and the hard-earned
progress made toward this goal, are too important to be cast aside
by senseless acts.