Despite having recently released its “Diversity and Action Plan,” the University of Texas is denouncing fliers targeting Chinese students on campus. In a statement that was released on Monday, University President Gregory Fenves denounced the “hateful and biased” fliers that accused Chinese students of unethical behavior and lying. Fenves said that the offending fliers are being removed and vowed that the perpetrators will be caught. At least one such flier was found in the Cockrell School of Engineering. A photo of the flier was posted on Twitter.

In a statement, Fenves declared,

“The university received numerous reports last night and this morning of a hateful and biased flyer targeting students of Chinese and Asian descent that was posted in several buildings. Such posters are completely unacceptable.

“Consistent with UT Austin’s core values, every student, faculty member and staff member who sets foot on our campus has the right to learn, teach and work without fear and without being the object of hate and discrimination. These posters are being taken down. The university is seeking information about who posted them.

“The incident has been referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for investigation, in accordance with the recently issued Hate and Bias Incident Policy. “I am grateful to the scores of UT Austin students who reported these posters swiftly. Their response shows deep respect for their fellow students. Working together, we will make UT Austin a more inclusive, welcoming campus for all.”

As of April 4, the university has identified a suspect in the incident and is reviewing its options. The name of the suspect has not been released.



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