September 29, 2016
To students, faculty and staff:
Eastern Michigan University President James Smith today announced that the reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or people involved in the two racist incidents that occurred last week has been doubled to $5,000.
The additional $2,500 in reward funds were provided by a University donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
In addition, the EMU Department of Public Safety is being assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and state of Michigan resources as it continues to investigate the case, conduct interviews and actively follow up on leads.
The University's priority at this time is to find the people or persons involved and bring them to justice. At the same time, the University is working closely with students, student leaders, faculty members and academic and student affairs personnel to develop programming that is responsive the broader issues of hate, racism and inclusion that are behind these incidents.
Black Student Union to host town hall event with President Smith Monday, October 3
The Black Student Union (BSU) is convening a town hall event Monday, October 3, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. It will take place in the Student Center Ballroom. BSU is planning this event as an opportunity for students to openly voice their concerns about the University, learn more about campus resources available to them, and brainstorm an action plan to address the climate on campus. BSU invites students, faculty, staff, and administrators to attend to ask questions or express concerns that students may have as it pertains to the recent events on campus. Light refreshments will be served.
This is the first of several forums being planned to address the recent incidents on campus that were targeted at the black community, as well as the broader issues of race and inclusion on Eastern's campus. Notifications of additional forums and/or meetings will be shared with Eastern community as they are scheduled.
Other actions taken
Other actions taken since the incidents occurred include:
Ongoing updates about the investigations and resources available to Eastern Michigan students can be found on the University’s information site.
Contact Geoff Larcom, firstname.lastname@example.org, 734.487.4401