UC President’s letter to Jewish Student – November 10th, 2011

From: President's Office President@ucop.edu
Subject: RE: Swastika in Stevenson College
Date:  November 10th, 2011 1:47:26 PM PST
To: [A Jewish Student]
CC:  chancellor@ucsc.edu

Dear [Jewish Student]:

I, too, am outraged by the act of hate you reported to Chancellor Blumenthal, and I thank you for copying me on your message.

The Chancellor–who, as you know, just last week sent out a message denouncing any and all hateful acts–moved quickly to have the offensive graffiti removed. I applaud his leadership in combating anti-Semitism and other abusive behavior. Hate acts will not be tolerated at the University of California.

Creating a climate of inclusion, respect and tolerance is a matter of the highest importance for all members of the University of California community – students, faculty and staff.

As you may also know, last year we developed a campus climate reporting system, enabling any individual to report incidents of intolerance or bias. This system allows campuses to respond quickly to all incidents. The University also has worked with the campuses and various groups, including students, to revise policies on student conduct. The new provisions strengthen prohibitions on threatening conduct and acts motivated by bias, including religious bias.

To see the several public statements I have made on this topic and the actions we have taken regarding anti-Semitism, please go to this website: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/26327.

Again, thank you for bringing this hateful act to our attention.

With best wishes, I am,

Sincerely yours,

Mark G. Yudof
President

cc:    Chancellor Blumenthal