University response to recent video posting

Jan. 17, 2019

Statement from Kevin P. Jackson, Ph.D., vice president for student life:

“Baylor University was made aware Jan. 11 of a racially insensitive video originating from one of our Panhellenic organizations. As soon as University officials learned of the report, we began an immediate inquiry to gather additional information and initiated our established student organization conduct review process.

The inquiry has been completed, and the organization has taken full responsibility for the incident and apologized for their actions. The organization, in coordination with the University, has identified internal accountability practices, cultural awareness education and ways to address the individuals responsible and the organizational culture that resulted in the racially insensitive behavior. The University has accepted the mutually agreed-upon sanctions and will continue to work with the organization to enhance the educational opportunities afforded by this process. 

This incident does not in any way reflect Baylor’s institutional values. We are deeply disappointed because we have high standards of conduct for our students and the organizations to which they belong. Baylor is strongly committed to our Christian mission, which includes understanding the importance of cultural sensitivity and ensuring we are respectful of the words that we use and their potential effect on others.”

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