September 18, 2017
Dear Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community,
Over the past week, the Colleges’ administration has received reports about incidents in which a student has been the target of threats and harassment in one of our on-campus residence halls.
Let me be clear: such behavior is unacceptable, antithetical to the Colleges’ values and will not be tolerated.
At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, we will not permit discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected under the law. Hobart and William Smith are committed to ensuring all students, faculty, staff, volunteers and visitors are accorded the basic respect of a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living and working environment.
Regarding the incidents in question, the Colleges are first and foremost working with the student to provide all necessary support and care.
Second, representatives from the Office of Campus Life are meeting with witnesses to the incidents and with those who live in that residence hall, to address this issue and the concerns of the floor.
Third, Campus Safety is conducting an ongoing investigation into these incidents and will monitor closely and respond to any reports of discrimination and harassment.
Finally, I would like to remind the campus that, in the words of Elie Wiesel, “silence encourages the tormenter, never the tormented.” It is our duty — collectively and individually — to speak up in the face of bigoted, discriminatory, bullying or threatening words or actions.
Gregory J. Vincent ’83