Oregon State’s Double Standard for Vandalism
November 17, 2005
Recently, the OSU Pride Center was the subject of a form of vandalism.Oregon State University has traditionally been a place to explore new ideas, to learn about differences, and to realize that we live in a fascinating and diverse community. As Director of Community and Diversity at OSU, I know I speak for myself, and many in our community, in expressing disappointment that a dedicated area of our campus intended to support student views and perspectives, became a place to negatively express feelings opposed to what the Center represents. We cannot tolerate such actions and need to express my dismay that these actions occurred at an enlightened institution of higher learning such as OSU.We are in dialogue with OSU Public Safety and the State Police about this incident. We will continue to seek out the individuals responsible for the damage. We have also tasked some people to develop campus-wide “critical incidents” procedures so that we can adequately deal with such occurrences in the future.We will also seek ways to continue nurturing the celebration of differences at OSU and to move forward in creating an environment of tolerance and understanding. We ask that you support us in our commitment to ensuring that OSU is a safe and inclusive campus for all.