President Eric W. Kaler sent the following message to all undegraduate students on August 28, 2017:
As the new school year begins, I urge you to take to heart some core values of our University. In these times nationally and locally, I believe we need to be perfectly clear about those values. First, at our University there is no place for hate. We do not tolerate bigotry. And, every day in every way, we denounce in the strongest terms the racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic messages of white supremacy.
At the same time, we respect the right to express different opinions. After all, this is an intellectual community. So, it is important for all of us to talk with each other, to listen carefully, and, yes, to debate, but always with respect for others opinions. Violence is never acceptable.