May 2, 2017
Dear UT Community,
Today, UT’s Campus Climate Response Team received complaints about a series of racist and hateful fliers and university officials began taking them down as soon as they were reported. The words and ideas on these fliers are deeply offensive and we are working to completely remove them.
I spent this afternoon speaking with students and listening to their ideas, frustrations and fears. Hateful fliers continue to inflame these fears and keep many from feeling safe on the 40 Acres.
We recently adopted a new Hate and Bias Policy to directly address this issue and once again, we’ve put it to use. In accordance with the policy, the fliers have been reported to the Office of the Dean of Students for investigation. I also ask anyone who sees a hateful poster to immediately report it to the CCRT along with its specific location.
In these difficult times, it is even more important for the campus community to come together. We will not tolerate the actions of those who seek to divide us.
Gregory L. Fenves