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October 4, 2019

Dear members of the Tufts community:

I am writing with great disappointment to inform you of an act of homophobia that has been discovered on the Medford/Somerville campus. Late Wednesday night, an undergraduate student reported finding a homophobic slur scratched into the door of their residence hall room. I am deeply troubled by this act of hatred at our University, which I condemn unequivocally. Such acts of discrimination, bias, and ignorance are unacceptable and have no place at Tufts. They are antithetical to our central values of inclusion, respect, and tolerance.

The Tufts University Police Department and the Office of Equal Opportunity are both investigating this incident, and any member of our community who is found to be responsible will face disciplinary sanctions consistent with our policies against harassment, bias, and discrimination.

Discouragingly, this is the second time this semester that I have written to our community about an incident of bias. In the face of such incidents, we must all recommit ourselves to ensuring that Tufts remains an open, inclusive, and welcoming community. All students, faculty, and staff should have the opportunity to thrive at Tufts, living, working, and studying without the threat of bias or discrimination. Thank you for all you do to uphold our community values, and for your ongoing commitment to inclusion and respect.

Sincerely,

Tony Monaco