Protecting our remote learning environments

To the Campus Community:

We were horrified and angered to learn that earlier this week several of our online Zoom classes were disrupted by individuals making anti-Black and anti-Semitic comments as well as other racist remarks. Any form of bigotry is dehumanizing and hurtful and has no place at UCLA, including in our online and remote learning spaces. While such actions are despicable in the best of times, they are especially shameful in these times of tremendous anxiety as students and faculty work extra hard together to adapt to a new learning environment and to support one another.

UCLA has engaged law enforcement to help us, wherever possible, to identify and hold accountable those responsible in any known incidents. We ask that anyone who experiences a bias incident to report it to us by completing a UCLA Incident of Bias Reporting Form so we can take action. We are providing support to the students and faculty who were verbally attacked during these classes. We are also working to secure our online environments from external disruptions.

To all those who were targeted, to all those whose classes or meetings were disrupted, to all those whose sense of belonging was compromised, we promise we will do all we can to make sure UCLA fulfills its goal to create an equal learning environment that rejects bigotry and respects the value and dignity of everyone in our community.

Sincerely,

Gene D. Block
Chancellor

Emily A. Carter
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

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