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Investigating a Recent Campus Incident

Sept. 28, 2020 

Dear members of our SLU community, 

Numerous students have filed complaints with SLU’s Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity following an incident at our iconic Clock Tower late last week.  

We received reports that some time Thursday night or early Friday morning, a person or persons using permanent markers, defaced chalked messages in memory of Breonna Taylor at the Joseph G. Lipic Clock Tower Plaza with political messaging. 

In response to these reports, the University initiated its Bias-Related Incident Protocol. The Bias Incident Report Team conducted an initial review and has authorized a full investigation of these complaints. The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity is conducting the investigation and working closely with the Department of Public Safety.  

If you would like to read more about the protocol, support resources that are available or how to report an incident, you may do so here 

We welcome and encourage anyone to provide us with any additional information that could help us complete this investigation. Please contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at 314-977-3065 or michelle.lewis@slu.edu 

Thank you, 

Jonathan Smith, Ph.D.
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement

Michelle Lewis
Director, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity 

Donna Bess Myers
Interim Dean of Students