University of Maryland Takes Steps to Combat Hate and Create a Safer Campus

On May 20, Richard Wilbur Collins III, a 23-year-old Black man who had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army was stabbed to death as he was waiting for an Uber driver at the University of Maryland College Park. Police arrested Sean Christopher Urbanski for the murder. Urbanski is a member of an Alt-Right group. Federal officials are continuing to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime.

In response to this and other incidents, the University of Maryland has announced an action plan to “combat hate and create a safer campus.”

Among the actions being taken are:

  • Creating a task force on hate-bias and campus safety.
  • Creating a trained, rapid-response team for hate-bias incidents.
  • Increasing funding for campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Affirming and demonstrating our core values of unity and respect as a university community.
  • Compiling and publishing an annual report on hate-bias incidents on campus.
  • Strengthening existing intercollegiate athletics policy to explicitly prohibit any hate-bias symbols or actions in any athletic venue.
  • Reviewing our Code of Student Conduct to strengthen sanctions for hate and bias.

The university added that “this is just the beginning and our action will continue.”

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