FRAMINGHAM – For the third time this month, a racial incident against African-American students has been reported at Framingham State University.
The latest incident happened Sunday night, October 29.
“We learned of a third incident of racism in Larned Hall targeting one of our African American students on campus. A flyer defaced with racially offensive writing was found under a student’s door,” according to Framingham State University president Javier Cevallos wrote in a letter to the Framingham State community.
Police have already begun interviewing students in the building as part of their investigation, said Cevallos.
“We are asking members of the community to please contact the FSU Police Department with any information you may have by calling 508-626-4911 or by texting an anonymous tip to 67283 with “FSUTIP” in the body of the message,” added Cevallos.
“We must remain vigilant and unified in the face of the hatred that has occurred within our community. We are determined to find person(s) responsible for these actions and hold them accountable,” said the University President.
“I cannot emphasize it enough – FSU has ZERO tolerance for acts of racism. We are all saddened and distressed by what has gone on in recent weeks, but I believe our actions and resolve in the face of this racism will make us a stronger community,” wrote Cevallos Sunday night.
“I know that you are not interested in words, you are interested in action. The University has launched a webpage that is linked to the front page of our website in order to keep the community informed and hold ourselves accountable,” wrote Cevallos.
“We will be updating the page with details on all of the actions and planning that has gone on over the past two weeks to make ourselves a more inclusive community moving forward,” said Cevallos.
Campus Police have reached out to two different facilitators to arrange for additional training for officers on responding to incidents of bias and racism, said Cevallos.
The Dean of Students Office is looking to include an anti-bias module from EverFi with the AlcoholEDU and Haven trainings offered over the summer for incoming students. The anti-bias module would begin the week after orientation, with the other two continuing in August, and would be made available to employees as well, explained Cevallos.
Next Monday, there will be a University-wide Unity workshop to talk about concrete actions steps the University has taken so far and also to work on other opportunities and ideas that require partnerships across different areas of campus, said Cevallos.
Updated to fix typo in date.