Dear FSU Family,
I know this has been a difficult week. Like you, I am deeply disturbed about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and I strongly condemn the police conduct we witnessed. It is everyone’s responsibility to stand up against abuse of power, and we must hold these officers accountable. I pray that the circumstances surrounding Floyd’s death are thoroughly investigated and that justice is served.
I know many students and others in the Florida State University community are rightfully angry and upset about Floyd’s death and other incidents of racial violence taking place across the country. We have no tolerance for racism or discrimination on our campus, and we stand together and are here to support all members of our community. I encourage students to visit https://studentaffairs.fsu.edu/virtualfsu for a list of resources and opportunities to engage in conversation and events.
It is important during these tumultuous times that we reaffirm the values that we, as a university, hold most dear — respect, civility, and diversity and inclusion — as well as our commitment to justice and equality.
FSU Police Chief Terri Brown and our exceptional FSU Police Department take to heart their oath to protect and serve — and that means treating every member of our university family with dignity and respect and ensuring that everyone feels safe and at home on our campus.
President John Thrasher