University Statement in Response to Islamophobia

UConn unequivocally condemns Islamophobia, just as it condemns antisemitism and all forms of hatred.

UConn was made aware that a former student received a voicemail that was reported to have included racist and inflammatory language and a reference to death, and that the UConn Muslim Student Association received an email with similar sentiments.

Our review determined that the call originated from an Oklahoma-based number, and there is no indication at this point of any connection to the UConn community or state of Connecticut. The identity of the person who sent the email could not immediately be determined because an alias was used.

We recognize the concern generated by the messages, and we join others in condemning the hateful sentiments in the strongest terms.

The incidents have been documented through the UConn Bias Reporting process and reported to UConn Police and, in the case of the voicemail, to the police department with jurisdiction in the municipality where the former student resides.

Stephanie Reitz
University Spokesperson and Manager of Media Relations