SALT LAKE CITY “The University of Utah says enough is enough.
During the first two weeks of fall classes, university officials said there were two racist incidents on campus. One occurred the first week of school when a teacher was threatened and verbally abused with racial slurs. During the second week, a student shouted racial slurs while in accommodation on campus.
Because of these two incidents, and four in the past year, University of Utah administrators have issued a statement saying this behavior is unacceptable and are changing some of its policies in handling cases like these. .
First, the University is strengthening its code of conduct for visitors and fans.
Second, the consequences are compounded by having the police review these cases to prepare charges to the district attorney’s office for a possible hate crime.
And in a third move, the University is compiling each incident and putting them on a website for people to see.
Trustees believe this will help raise awareness of the issue.
“We know this is a societal issue,” said Rebecca Walsh, associate director of communications at the University of Utah. “We know this is happening, and they are happening on our campus, and when they do happen on our campus, we want to call them out as soon as possible and a statement of support to community members who have been affected. . And also alert our campus to what we are doing to find the perpetrators or provide support to people who have been victimized and how we are moving forward.
The University says when these incidents are reported, there are three things they will do immediately: communicate, provide support and investigate whether it is a crime.
Administrators believe that the campus should be a safe place for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Anyone who verbally attacks others with racial or biased slurs, or anything like that, will suffer the consequences.