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Message from the President: Reported racist incident and threats of violence - Aug. 24, 2023

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Dear University Community Members-

Early this morning, it was reported that several electronic communications were sent to some members of our campus that were racist and contained threats of violence. I want to be clear that my team and I will always take any threat to campus very seriously and, in this case, took immediate action to investigate the matter.

SUNY Oswego does not, and will not, tolerate threats of violence or any discriminatory behavior that targets a person or group of individuals on any basis including:

  • Race Color 
  • National origin 
  • Religion Creed 
  • Age 
  • Disability 
  • Sex 
  • Gender identity or expression 
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Familial status 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Predisposing genetic characteristics (including an individual's ancestry, country of origin, or country of origin of parents, family members, or ancestors) 
  • Military status 
  • Domestic violence victim status 
  • Criminal conviction 
  • Or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, or federal law (Non-Discrimination Policy)

Resources have been shared to ensure that students and staff impacted by this incident are supported. Students and employees with questions, please contact Kendra Cadogan, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Interim Affirmative Action Officer, at [email protected]. Students seeking additional support should contact the Office of the Dean of Students at [email protected] or at 315-312-5483 or contact Counseling Services at 315-312-4416.

Any suspected incident of bias should be reported to the SUNY Oswego Bias Prevention and Response Team using the online form or by contacting the Affirmative Action Officer or Human Resources. Any threats to safety should be reported to University Police immediately at 315-312-5555 or 5555 from any campus phone.

SUNY Oswego is a community of learners, engaged together to support one another's growth and education As we prepare for the start of the semester, be kind to one another, and if you experience any incidents of bias, report them immediately.

Remain well,

Peter O. Nwosu, Ph.D.