VALDOSTA, GA -- The interim president of Valdosta State University released a statement on Tuesday about an "act of intolerance" that is said to have occurred on the campus.
The statement released by Dr. Cecil P. Staton reads as follows:
"This morning an act of intolerance occurred on our campus. The nature of this incident is an inappropriate example of speech that does not reflect the code to which we hold ourselves – The Blazer Creed. We, the Blazer Community, should remember what it says about the way we treat one another on this campus: "A Blazer shows courtesy and compassion as well as respect for the dignity of every human being."
The University does not condone the behavior exhibited this morning but rather encourages inclusion of all our campus community members and civil discourse. The institution is currently investigating the matter and will respond accordingly and quickly. If you think you witnessed a hate crime issue, please report it to the University Police Department immediately at (229) 259-5555. They will investigate and charges will be filed if the evidence warrants them. Please alert the Office of Social Equity next as they have the responsibility to address these issues administratively at (229) 333-5463.
Additionally, I have tasked members of the Cabinet with setting up a new President's Diversity Task Force to address not just this incident but to look strategically at diversity issues on this campus. It will work in conjunction with and coordinate the activities of existing diversity groups. We appreciate the continuing support of all members of the University community, students, faculty and staff, as we strive to create a learning environment based on the principles of the Blazer Creed: civility, integrity and citizenship."
University officials confirmed that the statement comes after writing was found on the campus saying "#MIZZOU students are crybabies #White lives matter" and a drawing of a swastika.