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UB statement on disturbing flyers posted on campus

UBNOW STAFF

Published December 2, 2021

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UB issued this statement today addressing the occurrence of anti-Semitic and racist flyers on campus:  

We are aware and deeply dismayed that flyers promoting neo-Nazi ideologies were found posted in several academic buildings around the university last week prior to the holiday break.

Also to our deep dismay, it was brought to our attention this week that there were flyers posted in buildings on the South Campus espousing white nationalist ideologies. At this time, we have no evidence to suggest that a member of our UB community posted these flyers.

It is also important to know that the flyers were not sanctioned by any recognized group at the university. While it is not clear where the flyers originated, UB police are investigating whether there is any risk to the campus community.

The university recognizes the deep upset that these postings cause to UB’s Jewish community, particularly during Hanukkah, and to people of color at our university. UB stands in solidarity with our Jewish community and with our students, faculty and staff of color. We strongly affirm their right to study and work at the university without fear of violence, hatred and intimidation.

The university unambiguously denounces hateful rhetoric on our campus and in our community, and we reiterate our commitment to diversity, inclusion and mutual respect as core living values of our university.

“Above all, we must not let these hateful and cowardly actions succeed in bringing fear to our university,” said Despina Stratigakos, vice provost for inclusive excellence. “We are a community that rejects hateful ideology and that respects and supports each other.”