"We stand in solidarity and support with those who oppose hate, ignorance, and divisiveness."

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"At a time when we are challenged and should be standing united against a new plague, the coronavirus, we continue to have to battle another ancient plague that seeks to divide us: racism, bigotry, and hatred across the United States. So, we were especially troubled and disappointed by a set of Instagram posts that appear to have emanated from members of the NYU chapter of a national fraternity. The sentiments expressed in these posts are abhorrent, at odds with our community’s values, and counter to the inclusive community we seek to create for everyone at NYU. 

The matter is being investigated by NYU's Office of Student Conduct, and the national leadership of the fraternity, Lambda Phi Epsilon, has placed the NYU chapter on interim suspension while it investigates the situation. According to NYU's established protocol, we will also order the fraternity to suspend all programs and activities pending resolution through our own processes.

The fact that such an egregious incident happened within our own community is a painful reminder of the pervasive nature of the scourge of racism. We encourage all in our community to continue to utilize reporting resources like the Bias Response Line (BRL), and to avail themselves of supportive services like the Wellness Exchange (for students) and the Carebridge Employee Assistance Program (for employees). 

We will not let this moment define or undermine who we are as a community. We stand in solidarity and support with those who oppose hate, ignorance, and divisiveness."