- The Washington Times - Monday, March 30, 2015

Connecticut College canceled classes Monday so that students and administrators could hold a campus-wide discussion following racially charged graffiti that was found in one of the bathrooms.

Campus safety officials are investigating after the word “No” followed by the N-word was found scrawled on the bathroom wall on the first floor of the Crozier-Williams building in New London, a local NBC affiliate reported.

“We must take action immediately to expose and eradicate this ignorance and hatred,” school President Katherine Bergeron said in an email to students on Sunday, Campus Reform reported. “I have decided to cancel tomorrow’s classes to ensure these events receive the proper attention.

“As your president, I will not tolerate forms of racist or hateful speech designed to demean, denigrate, or dehumanize,” Ms. Bergeron said. “Even though speech may be protected does not mean that we have to approve of the odious things that people choose to say with their freedom. I do not approve. It does mean, though, that we can and should use our freedom to speak out against injustice.”

Instead of holding classes, students and administrators will meet in an open forum Monday to talk about racism concerns and how to improve the Connecticut College community. Officials said staff members for the Offices of Student Life and the Dean of the College will be available to provide additional support, the NBC affiliate reported.

The forum comes after Connecticut College professor Andrew Pessin was put on leave earlier this month for a Facebook post on his personal page that compared Gazan Palestinians to “a rabid pit bull chained in a cage, regularly making mass efforts to escape,” Campus Reform reported.

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