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Dean of Students Comms E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

July 3, 2020

Dear Vanderbilt Students,

The university has received multiple reports regarding an incident in which a student and member of a Greek organization was recorded using a racist slur derogatory to African Americans.

We condemn the use of this language in the strongest possible terms, and have referred the matter to our Title IX and Student Discrimination office. The university is actively investigating this incident. Those who violate university policy are subject to a range of disciplinary actions including, and up to, expulsion.

Vanderbilt is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming community for all. We do not tolerate racism nor racist language and behavior. We recognize the pain and anguish this word causes for African American members of our community. The word used by the student is one that has been employed for over a century to belittle and mock African Americans, and should never be uttered, period.

Please remember that should you need assistance, university support resources remain available to you.

Sincerely,

Mark Bandas
Associate Provost and Dean of Students

William H. Robinson
Vice Provost for Academic Advancement
and Executive Director of the Provost’s
Office for Inclusive Excellence

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