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A Message from President Neil Kerwin

I want to share with the entire community an update related to the May 1 hate crime that occurred on campus. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist the American University Police Department with the investigation.

Although the university and law enforcement agencies will not comment further on details of the investigation, I want everyone in our community to understand that, as we approach commencement, we are working as hard as we can to identify those responsible for the egregious, racist, hateful act. As always, ensuring our students’ safety remains paramount. As soon as we are able, we will keep you informed of important developments.

Moreover, we realize that we must identify effective strategies for improving the climate as soon as possible. We are committed to working with the members of our community to make progress on this issue.