University, Students Condemn Offensive E-Mail Incident

(10-2-98) -- More than 1,000 students filled Robsham Theater Thursday night to meet with top University administrators and express concern about an incident in which several members of the student body received inappropriate and offensive remarks in their personal electronic mail.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties David R. Burgess and Vice President for Student Affairs Kevin P. Duffy headed the administrative panel, which also included Dean for Student Development Robert A. Sherwood, Director of Housing Robert F. Capalbo and Boston College Police Chief Robert A. Morse. The meeting was moderated by Undergraduate Government of Boston College President Patrick McMahon.

Students were unanimous in condemning the incident and called for a strong punishment for the perpetrator when caught.

University administrators responded to the incident immediately after it occurred early Thursday morning and launched an investigation. Students who received the messages also were offered support and counseling by school officials.

A statement issued by the University on Thursday said, "Behavior of this nature is not and will not be tolerated at Boston College. This University intends to take swift and appropriate action upon completion of the investigation."

As part of the Thursday night dialogue, several students requested increased diversity efforts across the University to ensure that such an incident does not occur again.

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