Message Regarding Hate/Bias Incident Reported

President Schatzel shared a message with the TU community regarding a hate/bias incident reported on the campus Thursday, November 10.

Dear Towson University Community:

Yesterday afternoon, through a social media post, the University learned of a hate/bias incident occurring on our campus.  The posted report detailed two black students being followed by a group of white students who repeatedly called the two black students a racial slur.

Within hours, our Office of Inclusion and Towson University Police made contact with the student who first reported the incident via social media, and immediately launched an investigation into the incident through our Hate Crimes and Bias Incidents reporting process.  We are still attempting to identify the students who were victimized and the suspects of this specific incident. We need the help of any campus community member who may know those involved or witnessed this event. Please contact Towson University Police at 410-704-4444 immediately.

Towson University will not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind on our campus or by members of our community. We work actively against hate and bias and every member of our community is encouraged to immediately report it using our Hate Crimes and Bias Incidents process found here: https://www.towson.edu/odeo/reporting.html.

We acknowledge that there are members of our community who are feeling fearful and vulnerable, but we reaffirm our commitment to a safe, thriving, diverse and inclusive campus.  Next week, we will continue to share opportunities to come together on this fundamental value of Towson University.  I encourage us to support each other, to love each other, and to work together toward this most important priority.

Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.

President