Letter from My Alma Mater's President Re: Neo-Nazi Flyers

Dr Gutman is terrific; she makes me proud to be an alum. Penn, under her leadership, is clear-thinking. She'd never allow Penn to fall into the trap UC Berkeley has as to speech freedom and public safety.


A Message to the Penn Community
Amy Gutmann, President
Vincent Price, Provost
Craig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President
This past weekend, some neo-Nazi flyers were found posted at several locations in the vicinity of campus. These appear to have been circulated by off-campus groups known to be bent on sowing fear and discord, and targeting campuses within our region and nationwide.
Although the flyers in question are no longer posted, we think it important to take this opportunity to remind the community of our shared conviction that hatred and fear-mongering have no place at Penn.
Our University strives to be a place that is safe and welcoming for all students, faculty and staff. Expressing hate or animus for any group of individuals is vile and reprehensible. We underscore our commitment to a supportive, respectful, diverse and open campus, and we encourage the exercise of free expression rights to counter misguided hate with stronger words of truth and mutual respect. We also encourage anyone who is troubled or in need of support to reach out for help. Please know that Penn stands with you, and any of the offices below can provide you with assistance and guidance.
Available University Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 215-898-7021 
(Nights and weekends, ask for CAPS counselor on call.)
Division of Public Safety: 24/7 “HELP” line, 215-898-HELP (215-898-4357)
Student Health Service: 215-746-3535
Student Intervention Services: 215-898-6081
University Chaplain’s Office: 215-898-8456

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 25, 2017 at 7:43am

Good on you, Dr. Gutman.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 25, 2017 at 8:00am

Seems like a reasonable response to blatant hate speech.  I wonder how Dr. Gutman would handle an appearance from Ann Coulter?

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 25, 2017 at 8:04am

Penn would hold its collective nose and not stop her from speaking. I'm certain of that.

Comment by koshersalaami on April 25, 2017 at 9:30am

That's the way to handle it

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 25, 2017 at 9:35am




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