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Resolution In Support of Student Leaders's Response to Hate Speech

Whereas: Recent events on campus have dramatically confronted the sensibilities of NC State and its commitment to both free and open discourse and its opposition to discrimination and harassment,

Be it Resolved: That the Faculty Senate commends the students and student leaders for their united message “ Student Leaders’ Response to Hate Speech: A United Message” (copied below), and

Be it Further Resolved: That the Faculty Senate fully endorses their statement. 

Resolution: R3:  08/09
First Reading: November 18, 2008
Adopted: November 18, 2008

Student Leaders’Response to Hate Speech: A United Message

The recent chalking of "KKK" on our campus walkways and public spaces hasawakened theWolfpack family to unite behindwhat we all know to be true - the student body as a whole rejects and condemns hate speech at NC State University.

Hate speech, while still protected in some circumstances as free speechunder the United States Constitution, must not go unchallenged. In order for our campus to thrive, we all must work toward a positive atmosphere where students feel welcome and capable of achieving their full potential.

Any speech that is intended to harass, intimidate, or degrade others is unacceptable and together we must confront and denounce it in every corner of our university.

We are NC State. We live by the values of equity for all people and mutual respect for every member of the human raceregardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

We stand by these values so that our generation and generations of students to come can all benefit from the diverse, welcoming, and empowering community that is NC State.


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