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Message Regarding Campus Concerns

A letter from ESU President Allison D. Garrett to the ESU community:

Dear Hornet Nation,

Since last week, our campus community has engaged in conversations that are both national and deeply personal. I want you all to know that Emporia State University will not stand for intimidation, harassment or threats of physical violence. If you experience this, you have several reporting options:

Human Resources– Ray Lauber, Director Human Resources and Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Officer| 620-341-5077

Student Affairs– Jim Williams, VP Student Affairs| 620-341-5269 or Lynn Hobson, Dean of Students| 620-341-5269

Police and Safety– Chris Hoover, University Police Chief| 620-341-5337

As the campus conversation continues, we must remember that one of the values of higher education is to foster freedom of thought and consideration of new ideas and perspectives. This is an ongoing issue within ASG and one that impacts the entire Hornet Nation. 

I can’t imagine the lived experiences through which some of our students and their families have gone. All of us should continuously engage, study and begin to understand both our differences and similarities so that we can learn and grow, together.

It is up to each of us to foster a culture of civility and respect, a culture where it is safe to share ideas, ask questions, discuss issues and speak from the heart. 

I am personally committed to assuring that we continue a campus-wide dialogue for the purpose of developing a deeper understanding of these issues and a constructive path forward.

With Hornet Pride, 

Allison D. Garrett