St. Thomas Officials Investigate Report of Racist Message Left in Dorm

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University of St. Thomas

October 22, 2018 09:36 AM

School leaders at St. Thomas say the university is actively investigating a racist message allegedly left on a student's door in a dormitory Friday.

A letter to students, faculty and staff sent Sunday from President Julie Sullivan, Ph.D, and Richard Plumb, Ph.D, the school's Executive Vice President and Provost, stated the message was left in Brady Hall.


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Anyone with information on the incident is asked to submit tips anonymously at 651-962-TIPS (8477) or by email.

The letter said any student found to be involved in the alleged incident "will be referred through the student conduct process and subject to sanctions up to and including expulsion."

"Regrettably, this is not the first time an incident like this has occurred so let us be very clear: All are welcome here," the letter read. "On Friday, our community of color was targeted, but all of us lose when any member of our community is made to feel isolated, unsafe and unwelcome. As a university, we are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for everyone. We call on every member of our community to denounce this act of hate and to work together to ensure it does not happen again.

"In the coming days, we encourage and support students, faculty and staff who stand together in denouncing all forms of racism and bigotry. We invite you to join in conversations on campus to address bias and injustice. All of us play a role in not tolerating acts of racism and creating an environment where all feel welcomed and valued."


Frank Rajkowski

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