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Critical Incident Message – Offensive Slide

Posted by on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in Responses.

Vanderbilt University has worked, and continues to work, to foster an environment in which differences are respected and all members of our community feel equal, valued and included.

The university currently is investigating the planned use of offensive material in a slide from a presentation earlier this semester for an undergraduate course. When the university was made aware of the issue, university officials immediately contacted the faculty members and the slide was removed. The university also reached out to support affected students and meet with student groups to facilitate important dialogue on this incident and the related issues it surfaces. In addition, this incident is informing ongoing efforts to enhance education and training related to bias and discrimination.

While the faculty members removed the slide and did not present it in class, the university is carefully following its process for investigating matters regarding faculty conduct. The confidential process is designed to protect the privacy and rights of complainants and respondents, and preserve fairness. Vanderbilt is thoroughly investigating this situation and will take necessary steps aligned with our values and policies.

Vanderbilt University takes seriously any actions that are inconsistent with our commitment to a welcoming environment for all.

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