Anti-Defamation League Commends BC's Response to Offensive E-Mail Messages

(10-9-98) -- The Anti-Defamation League today released a statement commending Boston College administrators and faculty members for their response to an Oct. 1 incident in which 13 students received anonymous e-mail messages containing offensive and inappropriate remarks.

University officials began an immediate investigation into the incident. They have since enlisted the assistance of the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, the Civil Rights Division of the State Attorney General's Office and computer crime experts from the Boston Region Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in their efforts to find the sender of the e-mail messages that were explicitly racist, sexist and homophobic.

"The Anti-Defamation League wants to commend Boston College for their prompt response to this situation," the statement read.

Lauren H. Levin, ADL Eastern states civil rights counsel, stated that "Boston College students do not lose their civil rights when they enter the doors of higher education. We want to commend Boston College administrators and faculty for organizing a community response. We appreciate the Boston College Campus Police, District Attorney Tom Reilly's Office and local and federal law enforcement for their prompt and thorough attention to this matter.

"We hope that Boston College students of goodwill will continue not to stand idly by while other in their midst are threatened," Levin continued. "Haters cannot hide behind the anonymity of a computer. We hope that the individual responsible for this incident will be found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

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