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Rising Above Hate and Fear

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

In recent weeks, our community has been subjected to a torrent of hate speech. It has been scrawled on our walls, stamped in the snow, emailed to our faculty, yelled from crowds and posted online. The volume and velocity at which these hateful acts have occurred have forced multiple law enforcement agencies to spend countless hours tracking anonymous trolls and vandals who seek to frighten us and challenge our values, chasing unsubstantiated rumors and investigating unverified reports. We are outraged and saddened by these hateful acts. We condemn hate in all of its forms, unequivocally.

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Statement from Keith Alford, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

We have just learned of the hateful display of Anti-Semitism that occurred just steps from our campus. I join everyone in our community in vehemently condemning this vile behavior targeting the Jewish faith. We must continue to work together to build trust, to effect change and create a community in which every individual is respected and valued. Our Department of Public Safety immediately notified the Syracuse Police Department, which is actively investigating the case.

Free Speech Working Group Charge, Membership Announced

During last month’s University Senate meeting, Chancellor Kent Syverud urged the campus community to consider how the University can promote free speech—including the provocative, uncomfortable and controversial—while maintaining a respectful learning environment. As a follow up to those remarks, Chancellor Syverud today announced the members of the newly formed Free Speech Working Group, as well as the group’s charge.

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Fall Update 10.29.19

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The purpose of these updates is to keep you informed of developments and events that contribute to a diverse, inclusive and welcoming campus climate. This month’s update is coming to you jointly from the chief diversity and inclusion officer and the University ombuds. Continue Reading

Justice Served: More than 100 Years in the Making

The Onondaga County courtroom was packed. Standing room only. Voices cracked. Tears flowed. The justices of the appellate division were about to hand down a decision that would make history. As Presiding Justice Gerald Whalen, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, proclaimed: “We are going to right that wrong in the only way we can.”

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