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UI officials: Racism is unacceptable

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

The University of Iowa is taking a stand against racism following three incidents in and around Hillcrest Residence Hall.

According to Tom Moore, spokesperson for the University of Iowa, three incidents happened over the weekend in which people yelled racial slurs at African American students.

Vice President for Student Life, Tom Rocklin, issued the following statement:

Over the last several days, three disturbing incidents have been reported in and around Hillcrest Residence Hall. In each case, one or more unidentified people allegedly shouted racial slurs at African American students passing by. Although this appears to be an isolated situation, the university community at large - and I personally - find such behavior absolutely unacceptable. The behavior may constitute a violation of university policy, and if the perpetrators are identified and further investigation by student life staff establishes a policy violation, those individuals will be subject to sanctions under the Code of Student Life and to possible criminal charges.

The University of Iowa is committed to maintaining an environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and that fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect. I ask each of you to consider how you can help create and maintain such an environment.

Tom Rocklin
Vice President for Student Life
Professor of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

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