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Message from President Hawkinson

April 28, 2017
 
Dear KU Campus Community,

I am writing to reaffirm the importance of advocating for an environment wherein all those associated with Kutztown University can feel valued and safe.

Once again, we have had posters displayed on campus promoting a group not affiliated with the university.   These posters also express values not consistent with our university values.  While we must keep in mind that all individuals have the right to free speech on our campus, our university rejects all forms of racism, bigotry and discrimination.

I will be creating a task force in August consisting of faculty, staff, community, and student leaders to establish protocols on how to address these situations.  Understanding the wide boundaries our first amendment provides to our citizens, there are actions we can take to ensure that our university is defined by our values - not the values of outside groups.  We must fight speech that is inconsistent with our values with more speech that addresses our tolerance, strength of our diversity, and respect for all people.  I witnessed such positive speech this past Wednesday night at Bearfest, wherein our students organized a vigil for diversity and eight students spoke with eloquence and passion about inclusiveness and our common values.  It is through such events that we fight against the voices of intolerance.

We ask that should you see something on our campus that is inconsistent with our values, please report what you have found to the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@kutztown.edu.   We also ask that should individuals be contacted by outside groups, while each employee and student has the right to speak as a free individual, all inquiries representing a university position should be referred to our University Relations Office.

If you feel the need to access specific resources as an individual or with a group, or feel that you have been harassed or discriminated against, please reach out to trusted offices on campus including the following:

Faith-based Organizations (via Office of the Dean of Students): (610) 683-1396
GLBTQ Resource Center: (484) 646-4111
KU Police: (610) 683-4002
Office of the Dean of Students: (610) 683-1396
Office of Multicultural Services: (610) 683-4197
Office of Social Equity: (610) 683-4700
University Counseling Center: (610) 683-4072
Women's Center: (610) 683-4655

Sincerely,
Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
President