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STATEMENT FROM WESTFIELD STATE UNIVERSITY

It was brought to the university’s attention that discriminatory and highly offensive language was posted on a message board outside of a student’s room in one of our residence halls. This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This incident is being investigated and those responsible will be held accountable.

Regarding this issue, Westfield State University President Dr. Ramon S. Torrecilha issued the statement below to the campus community Tuesday evening. He also gathered students residing in the impacted residence hall and addressed them directly as a group early Wednesday morning.

In addition to this campus communication, the university has put extra staffing in place and continues to reinforce the university mission and values of inclusion and compassion through campus programming.

Sent to Campus Community via email at 9:42 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

Dear Campus Community:

It has been brought to my attention that discriminatory and highly offensive language has been posted on a message board outside of a student’s room in New Hall. I am strongly disturbed by the motivation to engage in such a hurtful act against another individual.

We are currently investigating this unacceptable behavior. This will not be tolerated and is in strong contrast with the values and mission of Westfield State University.

At Westfield State, we are an inclusive community. Staff and students alike are drawn to our welcoming and supportive culture. We are here to inspire, encourage and challenge each other in positive and healthy ways. Civil discourse is encouraged; acts intended to pain and intimidate others are not. 

I urge us all to continue to celebrate our differences, not call them out in a divisive and hurtful manner. At a time when enough hurtful and careless messaging is on full display in our nation and world, let’s take solace in our compassionate and thoughtful community at Westfield State and celebrate the many powerful issues and passions that unite us.

Yours truly,  

Ramon S. Torrecilha
President