Lehigh political science professor Holona Ochs lectured on accountability in policing last month as part of a lecture series called Community Conversations About Race. (Haoyang Zhang/B&W Staff)

Lehigh administrators investigating a social media post containing racist language


Lehigh administrators were made aware of a screenshot obtained from social media containing racist language and comments on Feb. 1, said an email sent to the Lehigh community on Feb. 2. 

The email stated that multiple Lehigh offices have been made aware of the situation and, with the Lehigh University Police Department, are currently investigating the authenticity of the messages made on social media, remaining in communication with affected students. 

In the email, Vice President for Equity and Community Donald Outing and Vice President for Student Affairs Ric Hall condemned any racist messages and reminded students of their role in creating a nurturing and welcoming campus environment.

Lehigh is not and will not be a home for those who espouse such racist and hateful rhetoric,” they said in the email.

Anyone with information about the messages are encouraged to call LUPD, report via the HawkWatch app or contact the Equal Opportunity Compliance Coordinator. 

Those who have been negatively affected by the incident are encouraged to seek out campus support resources, such as the University Counseling and Psychological services.

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