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Rejecting Intolerance

Dear University of Maryland community:

Respect, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the University of Maryland.

Very recently, the University Police were notified of two separate incidents of bias and hate. In o ne, an elevator in an academic building was vandalized with anti -­‐ Semitic messages. In the other, a Facilities Management supervisor found a noose in space being renovated. University Police are actively investigating both cases.

Though hate and bias incid ents have declined 85% over the past 9 years – from a high of 33 in 2003 to 5 in 2011 – even one incident is too many.

These incidents are abhorrent. The University of Maryland does not tolerate hate or bias in any form. And, it is the right of all member s of our community to work and live in an environment in which they feel safe, respected, and included.

Such incidents that impact our collective safety and well -­‐ being should be reported immediately to the appropriate authorities (see contact list below). Any person or persons engaged in them will be subject to the University's disciplinary processes and/or criminal proceedings, as appropriate.

I would like to th ank all of you for your continued dedication to the values for which we stand.


Wallace D. Loh

Who to contact:
-­‐ UMD Police Department, 301-405-3555
-­‐ Kumea Shorter -­‐ Gooden, Chief Diversity Officer, 301-405-6810
-­‐ Resident assistant or resident director of a residence hall
-­‐ Counseling Center, 301-314-7651; Faculty-Staff Assistance Program, 301-314-8170