Statement Regarding Incident on Campus Tuesday

Sep. 6, 2017

Statement Regarding Incident on Campus Tuesday
Posters for a white supremacist site were found on several St. Louis campuses this Tuesday, including Webster University.

ST. LOUIS - On Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, several fliers were found posted at various locations on Webster University’s main campus in Webster Groves. The fliers did not contain hate messages but had a motto and the URL to a website of a group labeled as white supremacist. This group has been targeting universities across the United States for the past year, including other universities in the St. Louis region. 

Webster University’s Office of Public Safety has determined Webster was one of several universities in the region where this group posted fliers. At this point in time, there is no evidence that anyone in the University community is connected to the posting of these fliers. 

The fliers were removed as they violated the University’s policy about fliers on campus. That policy can be found online at: http://www.webster.edu/student-handbook/solicitation.html.

The University categorically rejects any speech that promotes hate and intolerant behavior based on a person’s race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, disability, religion or military status. For Webster University, diversity and inclusion are more than meeting a goal or focusing on a specific representation. These concepts include an involvement in expressive dialogue and offerings of distinct talent, thought, and inquiry from individuals from various backgrounds. Webster University recognizes that diversity and inclusion cultivate academic excellence. The institution also understands that the success of each individual strengthens the community. 

Students at the University have developed a voluntary inclusion pledge that can be found here: http://www.webster.edu/diversity-inclusion/inclusion-pledge.html .

To learn more about diversity and inclusion programs at Webster, visit:  http://www.webster.edu/diversity-inclusion/.

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