"I was saddened to learn of an incident involving a racially threatening drawing that was discovered in one of our residence halls last week. The incident has not only affected the student toward whom it was directed, but also the entire UNM community, especially our African American population. Consequently, I have met with the Dean of Students regarding possible actions against the person responsible for the drawing. If that individual is one of our students, we will be addressing the incident through our Student and Visitor Code of Conduct sanctioning process which could lead to possible expulsion from UNM and referral to the UNM Police Department.
"We have also taken a number of steps to address this matter such as holding several residence hall floor meetings to open communication with campus residence hall students; discussion with professional residence life staff about diversity planning in their buildings and floors; and coordination with African American Student Services, Residence Life and Student Housing, and the Division of Equity and Inclusion to discuss the incident and plan additional university-wide diversity programming. Additionally, the presence of UNM police and Residence Hall Security patrol has increased in the student residence halls since the incident.
"We truly value the strong diversity of our university, and these types of incidents will not be tolerated. We will continue celebrating our diverse community with a number of programs and discussions throughout the year. Additionally, we treasure the three strong ethnic centers residing in our Division, including African American Student Services, American Indian Student Services, and El Centro de la Raza; their contributions are invaluable to improving the lives of the students on campus."