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UMD Announces Anti-Hate Action Plan

In the wake of the tragic killing of Bowie State University student Lt. Richard Collins III,at the UMD campus last weekend, the University of Maryland President Wallace Loh outlined new anti-hate initiatives Wednesday in the wake of last weekend’s fatal campus stabbing. The killing has been suspected as hate crime.

The plan calls for the following actions.

  • Establishing a hate-bias and campus safety task force — composed of faculty, staff, students and alumni — to review relevant policies and procedures. That task force will then submit a report with recommendations and guidelines;
  • Creating a rapid-response team — composed of faculty, staff and students — to provide support for victims of hate-bias incidents;
  • Allocating $100,000 in supplemental funds to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for supporting diversity and inclusion efforts;
  • Production of an annual report on all campus hate-bias incidents;
  • Asking the university’s Athletic Council to consider ways to strengthen intercollegiate athletics policy to prohibit hate-bias symbols or actions in any venue.

More actions will be rolled out after the hate-bias and campus safety task force submits its recommendations, Loh said.

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