Statement about chalking on T. Anne Cleary Walkway

Oct. 14, 2020

On the morning of Oct. 14, 2020, University of Iowa administration was made aware of a potentially offensive chalking written on the T. Anne Cleary walkway.

This chalking does not represent the views of the University of Iowa and is not aligned with our institutional values.

The University of Iowa will not tolerate anything but an inclusive campus for people of all backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, country of origin, or associational preferences. Behavior, such as offensive chalking, that harms any member of our community is taken very seriously. In these times, we acknowledge that tensions are high, and that people have the right to share their opinions, but we also acknowledge that some opinions are more harmful than others. We remain committed to having dialogues and engaging in civil discourse about potentially controversial opinions while being respectful of all in our community.

If you need support or someone to talk to about this incident, please see our below list of resources.

Campus resources
Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 319-335-0705
Office of the Ombudsperson, 319-335-3608               
Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC), 319-335-1486
Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), 319-335-6000
UI Libraries Anti-Racism Guide

Student resources
University Counseling Service, 319-335-7294               
Student Care and Assistance[RAA1] , 319-335-1162 
Campus Inclusion Team, 319-335-1162             
Center for Diversity and Enrichment, 319-335-3555
Graduate College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, 319-335-2144
Academic Support and Retention, 319-335-1497
Student Disability Services, 319-335-1462, TTY 319-335-1498       

Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement (MISSE), 319-335-3263

Faculty and staff resources
UI Employee Assistance Program, 319-335-2085
Faculty and Staff Disability Services, 319-335-2660, TTY 319-335-3495