UT police ask students to report any racial bias incidents

UT students on campus with the tower in background (KXAN Photo)
UT students on campus with the tower in background (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just hours after Donald Trump was elected president, there have been reports of racists incidents across the country. Here in Central Texas, insensitive flyers popped up on the Texas State campus. While none have been reported at the University of Texas, police and the diversity office are coming together to make sure if they do happen, they’re dealt with immediately.

A tweet from police urges students to be on the lookout for any incidents, things like:

  • A student organization hosting a party with a racist theme.
  • Any derogatory graffiti on bathroom walls and buildings regarding sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Threats intended to intimidate another person because of their religion.
  • A hostile or offensive classroom environment.

“Being mindful of our environment is the best thing we can do and of course with safety and security being a priority for us,” said Erica Saenz, associate vice president for Community and External Relations of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

While protests have erupted on campus, students we spoke with say they don’t feel afraid or unsafe. “There’s obviously some tension between people of opposing views, but generally this is a pretty accepting campus, so we’ve done a good job at maintaining peace here,” Taylor Pirtle, a UT freshman said.

“I feel like the in terms of the police department and everything like that, they’re pretty concerned about like student safety so I don’t really have a problem,” Anne Nguyen, another UT freshman says.

Police and the office of diversity say anyone with any concerns about bias incidents can report it online here or call 512-471-5017.

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