February 26, 2010
ALL STUDENTS AT UCSD
University of California, San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox has issued a statement regarding recent hate- and bias-related incidents on campus.
To view the Chancellor's video statement, visit http://battlehate.ucsd.edu.
A transcript of the Chancellor's video statement follows:
"I strongly condemn the offensive acts of hate and bias that have occurred over the past days. It is deplorable that while our students, faculty and staff work to heal the campus, a few misguided individuals tried to divide it. We are feeling real pain, and we will take real action. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is my primary concern.
"An individual has come forward and admitted responsibility for the latest incident because of pressure from our UC San Diego community. This underscores the fact that our university is banding together. We will not tolerate hate on our campus, and all criminal acts will be punished. These issues affect all members of our community. We will not stand for racism and the toxic atmosphere it creates on our campus.
"I have personally met with students today and over the last several days, and we are making significant changes based on the Black Student Union's recommendations. I am extremely proud of our students and other members of our campus community who have strongly and respectfully expressed their outrage over these incidents. You have shown amazing strength and I am proud of the moral character that has been demonstrated through the rallies, forums and demands for change.
"I know this campus community has been deeply hurt. In order to heal and rebuild, we need to stand together and stand strong for a safe, peaceful and supportive campus for everyone.
"I pledge to you we will create a campus climate in which students will know, each and every day, that this university respects them and their communities."