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Critical Incident Message – Offensive Email

Posted by on Thursday, August 1, 2019 in Responses.

Vanderbilt is committed to fostering diversity and a community in which all feel equal, valued and included. The university is investigating an email that was sent to approximately 50 students on July 31 that promotes racist stereotypes that mock or demean people of African descent.  The email and its intent to harm are antithetical to our values of equity, diversity and inclusion. We condemn and will not tolerate acts intended to promote division or fear.

We have determined and have blocked the sending address, which was not affiliated with the university and did not contain any personally identifying information about the perpetrator, from sending further emails to Vanderbilt email accounts. We are assessing other preventive measures, taking action to address the incident with the affected members of our community, and we have made the appropriate authorities aware of the incident. Any additional information about this incident will be shared on this website as it becomes available.

Resources for the Vanderbilt Community

ResourceWebsiteContactCampus Location
Black Cultural Center, Bishop Joseph JohnsonWebsite615-322-2524Vanderbilt Place, Map
Center for Student WellbeingWebsite615-322-04801211 Stevenson Center Lane
Dean of StudentsWebsite615-322-6400
Email
Sarratt Student Center, Suite 310
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Website615-936-1327
Graduate Life CoachWebsite
International Student & Scholar ServicesWebsite615-322-2753Sarratt Student Center, Suite 100
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LGBTQI LifeWebsite615-322-3330
Office for Inclusive ExcellenceWebsite615-343-6979
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Office of Housing and Residential ExperienceWebsite615-322-2591
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Office of Religious LifeWebsite615-322-2457
Grief Net: 615-322-6172
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Project Safe CenterWebsite615-322-7233 (24-Hour Hotline)Cumberland (304) West Side Row
Rohr Chabad House at VanderbiltWebsite615-686-3905113 23rd Avenue North
Student Accountability, Community Standards & Academic IntegrityWebsite615-322-7868Sarratt Student Center, Suite 301
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Student Care CoordinationWebsite615-343-9355Rand Hall, Suite 305
Student Center for Social Justice & IdentityWebsite615-322-5089Sarratt Student Center, Suite 335
Title IX and Student DiscriminationWebsite615-343-9004 (V/TDD)Baker Building, Suite 975
University Counseling CenterWebsite615-322-2571 (during and after business hours)2015 Terrace Place
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Vanderbilt HillelWebsite615-322-8376Schulman Center for Jewish Life, 2421 Vanderbilt Place
Women’s Center, Margaret CuninggimWebsite615-322-4843Franklin (316) West Side Row

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