Chancellor Dutta's Response to the Events in Charlottesville

Dear Members of the Rutgers University–New Brunswick Community:

As America confronts racism, anti-Semitism, and fascism, I want you to know without equivocation that Rutgers University–New Brunswick condemns the violent and hateful actions undertaken recently in Charlottesville, Virginia. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries that resulted from those actions. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues at the University of Virginia and the people of Charlottesville. As a community, we must create and maintain an inclusive, diverse, and cohesive campus culture.

As Chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick, I reaffirm our unequivocal commitment to equity and the inherent dignity of all people. Values like these draw white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups to demonstrate at colleges and universities with the intent to turn our institutions into flashpoints. I pledge to each of you my commitment to your freedom of speech and to study, teach, work and live at Rutgers University–New Brunswick in a climate of safety, civility, and respect.

Rutgers prides itself on being a melting pot of differing ideas, beliefs and values, and I urge you all to continue to engage respectfully and peacefully in debates surrounding our differences; the responsibility of free speech asks this of us. In pursuing our commitment to critical inquiry, respect – in spite of difference – is clear evidence of a strong community. We must do all that is necessary to promote, nurture, and sustain that community at Rutgers. 

Sincerely,

Deba Dutta
Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick