Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Message from President Robert E. Witt - Feb. 19, 2008

To: UA faculty, staff and students

From: Robert E. Witt, President

I learned Monday morning that an unknown person or persons had chalked offensive words on the steps and wall under the arches of Reese Phifer Hall. While the entire community would certainly be offended by this language, it could be particularly upsetting to African Americans and students who are part of our Greek system.

The words were removed as soon as they were discovered. However, I want to emphasize in the strongest possible terms that The University of Alabama finds this behavior totally unacceptable and strongly condemns any use of these words on our campus. Every effort will be made to identify and appropriately punish the individual(s) responsible.

This University respects and values each member of our community. I hope that every decision will reflect that commitment.

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