Response to inappropriate banners on campus
Earlier today we became aware of multiple banners hung on our campus with highly inappropriate and offensive messaging regarding UTSA’s football game with Texas State University this weekend.
I fully and resolutely condemn this action on the part of the students involved in the creation and display of these banners. It stands against every principle in which UTSA believes: integrity, excellence, inclusiveness and respect.
The images and sentiments depicted on the banners are disturbing in that they frame our athletic rivalry with Texas State in the context of interpersonal violence and sexual assault. We cannot, as an institution, tolerate the perpetuation of a campus culture where these very serious issues are used lightly or in jest.
Please know we are taking this matter very seriously. We cannot give any specifics regarding the students involved in this situation due to FERPA regulations, but disciplinary actions will be taken.
I understand that the banners may bring up feelings for some regarding experiences with sexual assault or other threats to personal safety. Please know that we have support systems on campus to help – staff in our Counseling Services office and our Office of Student Advocacy, Violence Prevention and Empowerment are ready to assist.
I want to extend my deepest apologies to President Denise Trauth, to the Bobcats football team and to the entire Texas State University community for this exceptionally poor judgment displayed by a few of our students.
This is a teachable moment for all those involved, and an important opportunity to reiterate our core institutional values.