Letter from University President John R. Broderick and SGA President Rachael Edmonds
From the moment students set foot on campus, Old Dominion University fosters a climate of inclusion. We take great pride in the displays of unity and mutual support that take place here every day.
This morning, the University community learned of an extremely offensive video circulating online that features a person wearing an Old Dominion University branded shirt. This is an outrageous act of hate and intolerance and we are sickened by this vile video. There is no place on this campus for hate and divisiveness.
University administrators are taking this matter seriously and University police are investigating. If you have any information that may be helpful to this investigation, please call the ODU Police Department at 757-683-4000.
These types of incidents stand as a stark reminder that we must continue our resolve to educate on the importance of civility and inclusion. It is what we as a Monarch Nation stand for and represent every day.
We understand that hateful words and messages cause harm, and our beloved university community stands together to support each other. Our Counseling Center is open to anyone who needs support and the Office of Intercultural Relations staff are available to all who would like to engage in discussion and in support of one another.
We are a caring and inclusive university community, and united, we strongly denounce the video and stand against hate. Our resolve to build a unified campus community is stronger than ever.
John R. Broderick
[Editor’s note: On Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2:46 p.m., the ODU PAO released the following folo statement to Mace & Crown in an email regarding the controversial, racist rap video posted on YouTube – “Old Dominion University Police are diligently investigating this matter. Because it is an active investigation, no further information is available at this time.” – Mace & Crown will keep you updated as soon as information on the matter becomes available.]