Concerning Campus Incidents
This message was emailed to all students.
Dear Student Community,
I am writing today to let you know about a series of disturbing campus incidents. I ask that you exercise caution and call police immediately should you come into contact with the individual involved.
Over the recent past weeks, we have received reports of a man expressing racial epithets at passers-by on campus who appear to be of Asian descent. He has accosted individuals and groups; sometimes he is on foot, other times riding a bike. While we have learned of no threats of physical harm, this person’s behavior has caused distress, alarm, and injury to the dignity of the campus community members who have been subject to his verbal aggressions.
This racist behavior has no place on our campus. Our community values affirm the dignity of all individuals and call upon us to strive for a just community in which discrimination and hate have no presence.
People who witnessed the behavior took action by contacting police and filing an Acts of Intolerance report. Student Affairs and Public Safety have been working together to take action, and, thanks to the information from community members, we have identified a possible suspect. Public Safety is continuing to investigate. The person making the racist comments is described as a white male adult, 50-60 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170-180 pounds, brown hair, brown mustache, and full grey beard. This person does not appear to be a student, faculty or staff, but rather an occasional visitor.
If you come in contact with this individual or anyone exhibiting this behavior, please contact the Stanford Department of Public Safety at 650-329-2413 (non-emergency) or 911 if there is a threat to anyone’s safety.
While this current set of incidents involves a campus visitor, we must not overlook the frequency with which students of color and of other marginalized backgrounds report experiencing verbal aggressions and other exclusionary behaviors from within our community. We must continue to work to realize our vision of a just, equitable and inclusive community. Student Affairs embraces the tenets of the IDEAL initiative, which seeks to catalyze positive change across campus, and we are committed to continuing to strengthen the Acts of Intolerance process to address incidents of racial bias, discrimination, and harassment.
I would like to thank those who have come forward to report this current situation. Encountering this individual can be a deeply unsettling experience. Please reach out to our campus resources to talk things over as needed. These include Counseling and Psychological Services, our community centers, the Office of Religious Life, The Bridge, and other places and people you find supportive.
Thank you for your time and your support.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs