Hate crime investigation

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor Alison Galloway

Unit Managers: Please post a paper copy of this message in your area for people who do not have regular computer access.

I am deeply distressed by news of a fight on campus last Friday night that resulted in injuries to four students. Two suspects, including one student, have been arrested in the case, which police are investigating as a potential hate crime.

The gravity of this incident is disturbing, and the allegation of a hate crime is particularly troubling. As a campus, we welcome students, staff, faculty, and guests of all races, religions, ethnic groups, nationalities, traditions, backgrounds, orientations, physical abilities, and cultures. Targeting a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a particular group is unacceptable—and illegal. I want to assure the campus community that we are investigating this hate-crime allegation with the seriousness it deserves.

This news is upsetting, and resources are available to support anyone in need. Personal counseling and support services are available to students through the Cowell Student Health Center. Staff and faculty can find support through the Employee Assistance Program. The Office of Harassment and Discrimination, Prevention and Investigation Unit can also provide assistance to students and employees; information is available online.

This campus takes reports of hate/bias incidents seriously. The University Hate/Bias Response Team reviews all such reports and provides support and referral services. Reports can be made to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department or online at reporthate.ucsc.edu.

Please join me in condemning this violence. I also ask you to consider how you might contribute to building a campus community that values diversity in all its forms. One opportunity is to participate in a Principles of Community workshop; details are available online.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact UCSC Police immediately at (831) 459-2231. Reports may also be made anonymously by calling 459-3TIP (459-3847).