Dear Knox Community,
Earlier today, we were made aware of a bias incident against a member of our community. The individual received an anonymous note that contained vulgar images and hateful language. This anonymous action is reprehensible and harmful to the individual, and an affront to the values that we as an institution hold dear: respect, empathy, decency, and inclusivity.
We are initiating an immediate investigation into this incident. If you have any knowledge of or information regarding the situation, please let us know immediately. You can submit information via the Anonymous Report Form or contact Campus Safety directly at 309-341-7979.
Like many communities across the country, we have witnessed bias incidents in recent years. In this environment, we are called upon to stand up for our values, to reject hateful speech and actions, and to affirm our support for those targeted by this hate. I call upon each and every one of us actively to demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive and respectful campus community.
Teresa L. Amott