Dear Members of the UVM community:
Our community has suffered from a number of bias incidents during this
academic year, and in years past as well. These incidents have included
acts of prejudice and hate, including threats of violence against members
of our community--specifically people of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender individuals. The most recent incident threatened violence
against Asians and Asian Americans.
Actions such as this are unconscionable and have no place in an educational
community. They insult the values for which the University of Vermont
stands. When one member of our community is threatened, the entire
community is assaulted. We must clearly and firmly denounce these
despicable acts whenever and wherever they occur.
In any situation where an individual or a group of individuals is
identified as responsible for perpetrating threats of violence they will be
held accountable to the fullest extent of University policies as well as
applicable criminal laws. If you have any information about the most recent
incident, please contact UVM Police Services at 656-3473.
Due to my travel schedule, I will be unable to attend the forum “Solidarity
To be held outside the Bailey/Howe Library on Monday, May 7, 2001 between
11:00am 12:30pm., but I wanted to take this opportunity to express my
very serious concern about these incidents and my support for efforts to
eliminate hate from the UVM community.
Rebecca R. Martin