Wednesday was the first day of Temple Fest, an event for new students to learn about the many student organizations and activities available on our diverse campus. That event was marred by an act of violence, and there are reports of religious slurs and insults.
Campus Safety Services continues to investigate the incident. I urge anyone who may have witnessed it to contact Temple Police at 215-204-1234.
While that investigation moves forward, we want to emphasize that Temple University unequivocally condemns in the strongest possible terms the disparagement of any person or persons based on religion, nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation or identity. The university will not tolerate violence of any kind directed toward members of the Temple community.
Our university Student Conduct Code begins with these words: "Temple University is a community of scholars in which freedom of inquiry and freedom of expression are valued. Important aspects of attending the university as a student are having respect for the rights of others in the community, conducting one's self in a manner that is compatible with the university's mission and taking responsibility for one's actions."
In the coming days, we will work with students and local leaders—particularly those in our religious communities—to ensure that everyone understands and conforms to the principles of freedom valued in our nation and guaranteed by our Student Conduct Code.
Theresa A. Powell
Vice President, Student Affairs