University’s Day of Unity, February 7

Montclair State President Susan A. Cole has designated Tuesday, Feb. 7, as Montclair State University Day of Unity in in response to bias threats that occurred Jan. 26, 27 and 30 that were directed toward the LGBT community.

All members of the campus community are encouraged to participate in a Rally for Unity from noon to 4 p.m. in the Student Center Quad, and are being asked to show their solidarity by wearing purple.

The rally is being co-sponsored by several student organizations including the Student Government Association, SPECTRUMS, the Greek community, the NAACP and Brotherhood, and several women’s groups in conjunction with the LGBT Center. Students have posted signs around campus that read, “Hate is not an MSU value.”

The University is treating the incidents as a serious matter and a full police investigation is underway. An escort service is available to any student who feels uneasy walking alone. In addition, there will be a highly visible police presence throughout the day on Tuesday.

Montclair State President Cole has reinforced the University’s commitment to providing a working and learning environment that is inclusive, free of discrimination, bullying or harassment, and that is welcoming to persons from all racial, ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds.  “With a University community of over 20,000 students and employees, it is unfortunately inevitable that there always will be a few individuals whose behavior is not consistent with the values and standards of the University community,” she said. “How we respond to the actions of such individuals and our willingness to be clear about the University’s core values are what will define us as a community.”

Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life Karen Pennington agrees. “One of the great thing about America is the diversity of its people,” she said. “In an educated society, knowing and working with individuals who are different from ourselves enriches us all.”

Read President Cole's message to the University community.

Read University Police Chief Cell's message to the University community.

Read President Cole's statement to the Board of Trustees.