RRacist, homophobic and sexually explicit materials were distributed to music faculties and student areas at McIntyre Hall during the winter break, according to an email sent to the music department on Jan. 5.
The CWU Police, Human Resources, Provost’s Office, Dean’s Office, and Music Department are all involved in an official investigation to find out who committed this offense.
The materials were “A gruesome attempt to target and slander a CWU faculty member,” according to the January 5 email.
The email goes on to say that the incident happened shortly before a music faculty retreat announcing efforts to create “safe spaces for women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ and all students, teachers and staff.
According to the email, “acts that create dangerous spaces for CWU students, faculty, and staff will not go unchallenged.”
Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Jill Hernandez, released a statement to The Observer: “The CWU Music Department is leading the way in building a strong community that reflects our shared value of award and to protect our extraordinary diversity. Our collective efforts to foster civility and inclusiveness will not be undermined by those who seek to sow discord.
“We continue to unite and take concrete action to fulfill the promises of our shared values for women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ and all students, faculty and staff of the College of Arts and Humanities .”
The CWU is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Director of Police and Public Safety Jason Berthon-Koch at 509.963.2959.