4th Racial Incident Reported at Framingham State University; $1,000 Reward Offered

FRAMINGHAM – For the fourth time this semester, a racial incident has happened on the campus of Framingham State University.

I’m saddened to share that we received a report of racism on campus overnight targeting one of our students of color in Towers Hall who had a note slipped under his door with a racist slur on it. This student had previously been targeted with a note under his door earlier this semester. Police are interviewing residents in the hall as part of their investigation,” wrote President Javier Cevallos to students and staff over the weekend.

“The safety of our students is my number one priority,” wrote Cevallos. “It pains me to know that these incidents have understandably caused many of our students to feel unsafe on our campus. In response, we are continuing to install additional security cameras in and around our residence halls. Police and residence life staff are also increasing patrols in the areas targeted by these hateful acts.”

Three other incidents were reported in October. The latest incident happened on Friday, December 8.

The FBI is helping with the investigation.

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“To the person(s) responsible for the acts of racism that have occurred this semester, I want you to know that you do not share our community’s values. You do not belong at FSU,” wrote the University President.

“With finals on the horizon, I know that many of you have enough on your plate without having to deal with this additional stress.  However, I do think it’s important that we find time to come together as a community to support one another. On Wednesday, I invite everyone to gather at 1:30 p.m. outside at Memorial Grove (located on the lawn outside Larned Hall) for a non-denominational healing service,” wrote Cevallos.

“Looking ahead, we have more than 100 staff members signed up for anti-bias training with RITE Academy on Dec. 18th and 19th, including all member of the Police Department. Police also have training scheduled with the Anti-defamation League in January. The Bias Education Response Team (BERT) recently added three students and one faculty members to its committee. In order to be more transparent, the group will be making information on bias incidents and responses available on the BERT website starting in January. I anticipate that next semester will be a very productive one as we continue to work directly with students to take action to address their concerns around issues of racism,” wrote Cevallos.

Police continue to seek the public’s help in finding those responsible for the incidents of racism that have occurred.

A $1,000 reward will be provided for information leading to the identity of a person responsible for any of these acts.

Please contact University Police at 508-626-4911 with any information. If you wish to remain anonymous, please use the anonymous tip line by texting to 67283, and in the beginning of your message typing “FSUTIP” followed by a space and then your message.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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