Campus finds racial slur ‘deeply offensive’

By on April 10, 2007

A racial slur was written in Irmagarde Tator Hall March 31, Dean of Students Manuel Carreiro said in a campus-wide e-mail April 4.

In the e-mail, Carreiro condemned the incident in unequivocal terms, calling it “deeply offensive to all members of the community. . Quinnipiac University will not tolerate blatant racist actions. Students found responsible for such behavior will no longer be welcome in the Quinnipiac University community.”

The Chronicle made numerous attempts to interview Carreiro, but he was unavailable as of press time.

According to Victoria Lucas, a member of the Student Diversity Board, university officials do not know who wrote the racist remark but are conducting an investigation. The slur was directed toward a black student, Lucas said.

Phone calls made by The Chronicle to the university’s investigator, Harry Needham, were not returned by press time.

Previous to the incident, the Student Diversity Board had already planned to hold a presentation about the subject of diversity among students April 10 at 7 p.m. All students were welcome to attend. Lucas said that the board would be considering suggestions and it plans to relay those suggestions to the university administration “regarding student sentiment surrounding diversity.”

Lucas especially hoped that university administrators, residential assistants and deans would come to the meeting. She admitted that her colleagues and she do not know the complete story surrounding the racist slur.

“We want people who represent the university to come, so they can see that students care, and that we will not tolerate this,” Lucas said. “The meeting will show how this affects the community and students, and why these things are not OK.”

The Chronicle also sought to interview Tyrone Black, the director of multicultural affairs, but he declined. Instead, he suggested The Chronicle report on the meeting.


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