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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Dean Karin Ruhlandt's Message to the A&S Community

In support of Genevieve García de Müeller

Nov. 20, 2019, by Dean Karin Ruhlandt

Dear College of Arts and Sciences students, faculty and staff,

As per this announcement, the Department of Public Safety issued this afternoon a statement concerning the investigation of hate speech targeted yesterday at one of our faculty members, Genevieve García de Müeller. I have offered my solidarity and support to her privately, and want to reaffirm my commitment to do everything in my capacity as dean to ensure the safety, health and well-being of all our faculty, students and staff.

I take such an attack, on one of our own, very seriously and very personally. It is a violation of both personal space and the freedom of the academy which we all have worked so hard to build in A&S and elsewhere. I am appalled, angry, and determined to continue protecting our core values of respect and inclusivity. I call on every one of you to join me in supporting Genevieve, and each other, in this incredibly difficult time.

In solidarity,

Karin Ruhlandt
Dean/Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences