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University statement on today's messages of bias and hate

October 18, 2018
To: 
Students
From: 
Allen W. Groves, University Dean of Students

Dear Students:

This afternoon, we were made aware of multiple messages of hate, including racist slurs directed at our Latinx students and many other minority-serving student organizations, appended to the open letter addressed to the University community by Hispanic/Latinx Students at the University of Virginia. We strongly reject and unreservedly condemn the language used by this person or persons in response to the open letter posted by our Latinx students. One or more individuals attempted to edit the letter using racist, biased, and hateful language to refer to Latinx students and community members, and also edited the names of several minority-serving student organizations that had signed on to the letter in support in a similar vulgar, racist, and hateful manner. A direct message also was sent to the Latinx students who created the open letter, containing racist and violent messaging.

University Police are investigating the incident, and the University will take firm action to hold accountable, through all available means, anyone found to have engaged in this harassing and threatening behavior. If you have any information regarding this incident, we urge you to call University Police at 434-924-7166. Anonymous tips can be made by texting UVATIPS to 274637 with your tip or online here.

A core value of the University is its commitment to full inclusion of, and respect for, all members of our community. This includes the right to be free from targeted harassment and threats. We reject these acts of hatred, which are contrary to common decency and all we seek to achieve living and working together in a community of trust. The University is made stronger by its diversity, and we cannot allow targeted messages of hate to distract us from that goal and truth.

Sincerely,

Allen Groves
University Dean of Students

Gloria Graham
Associate Vice President for Safety and Security

Catherine Spear
Associate Vice President for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights