Chancellor's Statements on Hate Crimes

    Nov. 8 incident


    Dear Campus Community,

    Our campus has experienced yet another hate crime. Sometime Monday night, three cars in two parking lots were vandalized. The tires were slashed and "KKK" was spray painted on the vehicles. African-American UW-Whitewater students own the vehicles. The incidents happened sometime between 11 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8 and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 in parking lots 8 and 19.

    I am dismayed by this incident and the two other hate crimes that have occurred. These are senseless acts of violence perpetrated against our community and they must stop. This type of behavior cannot be tolerated on the UW-Whitewater campus. I know I have the support of campus when I say that these events are an affront to us all and it is our community that will have to work to put a stop to this behavior.

    I want to stress that anyone who is targeted or believes that he or she has been a victim of a hate crime should contact the campus police immediately. All reports will be taken seriously and will be thoroughly investigated.

    These incidents of intolerance and lack of civility point to the need for a comprehensive approach to changing the behavior of some individuals. We are in the process of setting up meetings with our student leaders and our faculty and staff. Provost Bev Kopper will meet with faculty and staff at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 in room 324 of Hyer Hall. The student meeting is still being arranged and will likely happen on Monday or Tuesday.

    Again, our campus resources are being made available to the victims of these crimes. Anyone with concerns about their own safety while on campus should contact the UW-Whitewater police for assistance. The number is 262-472-4660. University Health and Counseling services is also available at 262-472-1305. Tips regarding any of these incidents can be sent anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 262-723-2677 or to the UW-Whitewater police.

    I know the majority of the UW-Whitewater community joins me in denouncing these acts and will take steps to end this destructive behavior.

    Richard J. Telfer
    Chancellor


    Nov. 7 incident


    Dear Campus Community,

    I am distressed to share with you that a potential hate crime involving a UW-Whitewater student has been reported. On Sunday, Nov. 7 at 6:45 p.m., a female student was approached by two white males while walking on the sidewalk near the cemetery on the north side of campus. The males were wearing shorts and T-shirts. One male was over 6 feet tall. The other male was approximately 5' 6". The taller of the two males pushed the victim into a fence and held her there. He made a derogatory statement about the victim's perceived sexual orientation and let the victim go.

    In addition to conducting an exhaustive investigation, UW-Whitewater police will provide an increased presence on campus. They are also working with the Walworth County Sheriff's Department to provide a sketch artist to develop a composite picture of the offenders.

    I am also working with student leaders and faculty and staff to develop strategies for combating this type of behavior. I encourage all students, faculty and staff to be proactive in putting an end to this type of hurtful and destructive behavior.

    UW-Whitewater is a place that values all people. This incident goes against everything that we stand for as a campus. I have asked that campus resources be made available to the victim. Please remember that anyone with concerns about their own safety while on campus should contact UW-Whitewater police for assistance. The campus police number is 262-472-4660. University Health and Counseling Services is also available to students at 262-472-1305.

    Tips can be sent anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 262-723-2677.

    Each member of the UW-Whitewater community has a responsibility to treat others with respect.

    Richard J. Telfer
    Chancellor


    Sept. 26 incident


    It has been reported to the university that a hate crime occurred on Tratt Street on Sunday, Sept. 26. At approximately 10 p.m., a female UW-Whitewater student wearing a shirt that read "Legalize Gay" was called a "faggot" and punched in the face by one of two unknown male assailants who then fled.

    UW-Whitewater is a place that values all people. This incident violates our campus mission and values. I have asked that our resources be used to help identify the assailants and I encourage anyone with information to contact the UW-Whitewater or City of Whitewater Police immediately. I have been assured that all campus resources and support are being made available to the victim of this crime. Anyone with concerns about their own safety while on campus should contact the UW-Whitewater police for assistance. The campus police number is 262-472-4660. The University Health and Counseling Services is also available to students at 262-472-1300.

    The Whitewater Police Department is offering a reward for any information leading to a conviction in this matter. Call Crime Stoppers at 262-723-2677.

    Richard J. Telfer
    Chancellor

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