Campus Climate Concerns

Dear Members of the Cornell Community,

It has been a difficult week on the Cornell campus.  A series of events and anonymous statements by a few individuals have left some students, especially our Latina/Latino students, feeling hurt, fearful, and unwelcome at Cornell.  Last night, an anonymous harassing statement was found in a residence hall bathroom.

First and foremost, I want to make it clear that all members of our community; students, faculty, and staff; belong here and deserve to feel welcome and supported.

We are all members of a community with a core value celebrating the dignity and worth of each individual in a diverse community. Anonymous statements written in the middle of the night, whether they be on our Kiosks or on a bathroom wall, that aim to demean or frighten groups of students on our campus are not consistent with the values of Cornell College.

Further, harassment, threats and intimidation are not tolerated on our campus and are being investigated and students involved will be held accountable.

We are taking the following actions over the next few days:

  • Today I will be meeting with the Cornell faculty to discuss these issues and develop strategies to improve our campus climate.
  • In addition, I will be available today in Cole Library, room 310, from 2-4 PM to talk with any student or group of students who wish discuss any issues with me.
  • There will be an increased presence of Campus Safety on campus over the weekend.
  • President Brand will be meeting with student leaders over the weekend.
  • We are planning a meeting of the entire campus with President Brand.  Details will be forthcoming.