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OU Board of Regents Release Statement After Recent Racial Slurs

Posted at 11:44 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 00:48:54-04

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents is addressing the recent controversial events on the OU campus.

Officials released a statement Tuesday evening, saying in part, "We know words matter and words hurt, and some words are unacceptable."

This comes after two instances of professors using racial slurs during class.

Related Story: OU President Responds To Professor's Racial Slur: 'Second Time In Less Than Two Weeks'

The OU Board of Regents also says it supports Interim President Joe Harroz.

Read the full statement from the OU Board of Regents below:

Before we proceed with the rest of our meeting today, we want to address events of the last few weeks. We appreciate the work underway to make sure every member of our campus community is included. We know honest conversations have occurred with students. We support Interim President Joe Harroz and the rest of his team for their active engagement. A dialogue has started, and these conversations must lead to meaningful changes. We know words matter and words hurt, and some words are unacceptable. We abhor the use of the offensive word; it is disgusting, and it is simply wrong. We have students who have been marginalized. Students should not have to take time away from their education to do this work. As Regents and administrators, we will be your advocates. Now, we have work to do. So, let’s make it meaningful and let’s make it last.

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