Update from Marquette University :
April 27 – 12:18 p.m.
It has come to our attention that a second student has been incorrectly identified on social media. Marquette University urges the campus community to avoid speculation, which can lead to undue assumptions and safety issues. Please refer to all university communication for any updates on this matter. One Marquette student has been identified and has taken responsibility for this incident. No other Marquette students are involved. The photo under investigation was taken more than a year ago in another state.
April 25, 2018
Dear members of the Marquette community,
We are writing today to provide an update on an issue we first brought to your attention last night. Earlier this week, one of our students received electronic images that contained disturbing racial overtones. The student reported this to the Marquette University Police Department, which began an investigation.
Thanks in large part to members of our campus community who came forward with information, MUPD quickly identified a subject and conducted an interview. Our administration also has launched a conduct review process. The details of that process must remain confidential because of student privacy laws, but please know that we take this issue very seriously.
As this process unfolds, we once again want to make it clear that incidents such as this are completely unacceptable. This is not who we aim to be. As a Catholic, Jesuit institution, we must make every effort to ensure that every member of our community feels welcome. This lies at the heart of our mission, and informs everything we do. As educators, we have an obligation to our students and our community to denounce racism and bigotry, and seek justice. Incidents such as this are a reminder that we must remain vigilant in these efforts. We are thankful to all members of our community who came forward this week.
If you, a friend or a classmate experience an incident like this, we want to know about it right away. Speak out. Here are several ways that you can make us aware, or seek other forms of support:
- Call MUPD at (414) 288-6800 or stop by their headquarters at 749 N. 16th St.
- File a bias incident report
- Contact or visit the following campus resources:
Michael R. Lovell
Daniel J. Myers
Xavier A. Cole
Vice President for Student Affairs
William C. Welburn
Executive Director, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion