Rochester College Investigating Reported Racist Social Media Post
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester Community and Technical College is investigating what it says is a racist-related incident involving a “future” student.
According to a message on the RCTC website, it involves a “racially charged” social media post the person reportedly made. RCTC says it became aware of the post by “community members.” The statement does not say when the post was made.
Here is the statement from the RCTC president:
Rochester Community and Technical College was recently made aware of racially charged content posted on social media by a future RCTC student. Racism, racial bias, or any racists symbolism have absolutely no place at RCTC and is strongly and unequivocally condemned. We appreciate our community members bringing the issue to our attention.
At RCTC, we value our mission of providing a quality educational experience accessible to a diverse and growing community, regardless of race, religion, sexual and gender orientation, age, or social status. Moreover, we pride ourselves on being a safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus for all learners. We are committed to ensuring every member of our College community feels safe, valued, and respected. RCTC will not tolerate this type of behavior from students, employees, or members of our community.
RCTC encourages the free exchange of ideas and different perspectives, but hate images and speeches are something we do not condone. While privacy laws prevent us from sharing details from any specific case, RCTC has policies in place that allow us to address discriminatory conduct.
If you or someone you know experiences harassment or bullying, please reach out to Jennifer Haug at Jennifer.Haug@rctc.edu or file an official complaint online at https://www.rctc.edu/services/student-affairs/discrimination/.
I assure you that all complaints will be investigated thoroughly and in a timely matter. We must be laser focused in our work to ensure Rochester Community and Technical College is a safe and inclusive place for everyone.
Jeffery S. Boyd, Ed.D.