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Statements from the administration regarding derogatory email

Following are statements from President Taylor Reveley and Vice President for Student Affairs Virginia Ambler regarding a message posted recently to a fraternity chapter listserv. The email message, that included a series of derogatory references about women, is now circulating anonymously on several social media sites. - Ed.

"We learned of this email Wednesday morning.  It’s flatly unacceptable.  We put a lot of emphasis on building community at William & Mary, and a crucial element of community is respect for one another.  This email makes clear we have more work to do. This serious lapse in community will serve as a teachable moment to that end."

Taylor Reveley
William & Mary President

“Actions that create a climate of hostility toward women – or toward any student – have no place at William & Mary. We've been investigating and responding on many levels since learning of the email message now circulating on social media.  We will be tireless in our efforts to ignite broader awareness, conversation, advocacy, and action around the issues raised by the derogatory email – issues of community, of personal safety, and of what it means for us to respect the dignity of every human being.  In the wake of this terrible incident, I am grateful to see so many in our community  -- students, administrators, faculty, and families alike -- speaking out and uniting to affirm W&M’s core values of inclusion, respect, and care for one another.”

Virginia Miller Ambler, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs