Statement of Steven Knapp, president, The George Washington University,
in Response to Anti-Muslim Flyers Posted on the Foggy Bottom Campus
October 8, 2007
There is no place for expressions of hatred on our campus. GW maintains a very strong policy prohibiting discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. We do not condone, and we will not tolerate, the dissemination of fliers or other documents that vilify any religious, ethnic, or racial group.
As soon as they were discovered, all known copies of this reprehensible flier were removed from campus buildings by University Police and an investigation was launched to determine who was responsible for creating and posting them.
This flier does not represent, in any way, shape or form, the views of the administration of GW. For that matter, I believe I am safe in saying it also does not represent the views of our faculty or student body.
Later this week, students of different faiths will join together on our campus for our 6th annual GW Community Iftar, the meal celebrated by Muslims to break fast during Ramadan, considered the holiest month of the Islamic year. Spiritual leaders of different faiths will also be in attendance. This event speaks to our university's commitment to global cultural understanding and respect.
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