Statement issued by Central Michigan University President George E. Ross

Ross says 'This is not who we are as a campus community'

​We are deeply disappointed by last night's situation with a Valentine card containing an inappropriate sentiment that was produced during a student organization meeting. This is not who we are as a campus community. 

Such hurtful, offensive language, while protected by the First Amendment, is unacceptable and is not consistent with our values and standards.

Leaders from the president's and provost's offices, Office for Civil Rights and Institutional Equity, Office of Institutional Diversity, Student Affairs, Student Activities and Involvement, and the CMU Police Department met first thing this morning to review the situation and determine next steps. OCRIE has launched a formal inquiry, and OID will develop additional educational efforts for the campus community.

We caution against concluding that the action is representative of the entire student organization or its members and remind all that threatening others as a result of such an incident can have legal consequences.

We once again urge each of our students, faculty and staff to be beacons of peace, respect, inclusivity and civility — to be role models of integrity, dignity and leadership.

At Central Michigan University, we stand up against hate, protect the safety of all, and build bridges of understanding that bring people together.

Sincerely, 

CMU President George E. Ross

Campus Resources

Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
Warriner Hall 319
989-774-3700

CMU Counseling Center
Foust Hall 102
989-774-3381

Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity
Bovee University Center 306

989-774-3253

Media Contact

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