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Salisbury University Announces Long-Term Initiatives Following Racist Graffiti Incidents

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SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury University unveiled new long-term initiatives Friday following a second incident of racist graffiti found on campus.

University president Charles Wight and additional administrators met again Friday to talk about concerns of bias, discrimination and safety on campus. It comes after messages such as “Sandy Hook comes to SU kill [racial slur]” was found written on the university's campus this week.

On Tuesday night, Wight addressed concerns and outlined several steps being implemented to address students' concerns. Those included: establishing new social media accounts for communication, setting a required goal for all faculty and staff to complete diversity and sensitivity training, and working with the SU police department for additional resources. 

In the school administrators' meeting on Friday, a number of new long-term plans were made.

  • Encouraging increased participation in SU’s text message-based notification system (in addition to the campus’ emergency alert systems);
  • Adding more security cameras to the 750 already on campus and upgrading some existing cameras;
  • Increasing the number of emergency preparation trainings on campus and encouraging more students, faculty and staff to attend;
  • Holding regularly scheduled campus community meetings, providing faculty, staff and students with more opportunities to express their concerns face-to-face with the President;
  • Scheduling regular community office hours with SU’s administration;
  • Updating imagery in SU buildings to better reflect the campus’ current population; and
  • Establishing a task force to address these issues.

Earlier this week, some SU students left messages of positivity on the walls of Fulton Hall. They told WBOC it was a way to fight back against hate.

In a statement, Wight said: “I am encouraged that students, alumni, faculty and staff have reached out to assist me in understanding their frustrations. Their collective voice is helping us create a road map to what I hope will be a new SU. This week’s meetings have been productive and informative. While we still have a long way to go, my administration and I have heard our community’s concerns loud and clear, and we are moving forward together to ensure SU is a campus where all of our students, faculty and staff feel safe, welcome and represented.”

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