President Schatzel's Statement on Violence in Charlottesville

August 13, 2017

President Kim Schatzel's statement to the Towson University community on the violence in Charlottesville, Va. on August 12, 2017.

To the Towson University Community:

In the past 48 hours, acts of great violence and terror have taken place in Charlottesville and on the University of Virginia campus. I know you all join me in sharing our deepest condolences and prayers with those communities and all those affected by this reprehensible violence, especially those that have suffered the death or injury of a loved one. 

We all saw the images of the abhorrent racist and anti-Semitic hatred by white nationalist groups that took place this past weekend. As a university community, we remain resolute together and condemn any and all forms of hatred, racism, bigotry, or supremacist ideology that seek to hurt, terrorize, bully or marginalize any members of our community.   As hallmarks of our democracy, the U.S. Constitution protects and guarantees our rights to free speech and assembly; however, no one should ever feel threatened for their safety or well-being as a result of such expression.

As the president of this great university, I reaffirm, in the strongest possible terms, that our university remains committed to the relentless pursuit of a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming campus for every member of the Towson University community.

I am wholly confident in TU's unwavering commitment to support all members of our communityfaculty, staff, and students—to thrive and reach their fullest potential inclusive of all races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, and levels of able-ness. 

In the wake of the terror and violence of this past weekend, it is up to all of us to lead and model civility and respect in our conversations, interactions and relationships with each other. 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.

As a community, we must come together to support and care for each other and not forget that each of us is empowered to make a difference and stand against hatred, intolerance, violence, and bigotry each and every day.   

Kim Schatzel

President