Statement By Chancellor Richard L. Byyny

February 26, 1998

We learned today that two student groups, Black Student Alliance and Oyate, have recently received racist, hate-filled messages from unknown sources. The University of Colorado at Boulder does not tolerate such examples of bigotry and hate, and has launched an immediate investigation by the CU Police Department. As an academic community committed to the principle of civility, we condemn any expression of racism and bigotry directed at any person or group on the Boulder campus.

Hate messages hurt us all, but none more than the recipients. We want to express both outrage and sympathy for the extreme feelings of shock, anger and disbelief that the target groups must be experiencing. Vice Chancellor Jean Kim and Dean of Students Ron Stump have met with the recipients of the hate messages to offer support and assistance.

We urge anyone who may have information about these incidents to contact the CU Police Department at 492-6666.

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