A university contractor was making a delivery to the loading dock at a residence hall on the campus of the University of Utah. Two students in a room above the loading dock shouted the N-word and threw sunflower seeds and coffee pods out the window at the individual below.
The incident was immediately reported to university officials, who were able to identify the individuals responsible and hold them accountable through the conduct process. The victim also reported the incident to University Police, who are currently investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
Taylor Randall, president of the University of Utah, issued a statement that said:
“Let me be clear, racist and hateful behavior on our campus is an offense to our entire community, particularly our communities of color. These actions will be called out for what they are — behaviors rooted in hate and racism. I will remain steadfast and vocal in our working with our leadership team to create a safe, welcoming, and equitable campus that fosters values of respect, diversity, inclusivity, and belonging. I encourage everyone on our campus to do the same.”
The University of Utah enrolls nearly 25,000 undergraduate students, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up just one percent of the undergraduate student body.