Statement From the President in Response to a Racist Tweet From a UNA Student

Dec. 17, 2012

I want to express to our University family and to the greater community that I find the words of Mr. Bradley Patterson to be absolutely deplorable. The University of North Alabama prides itself on a campus climate of respect in which the dignity of every person is a treasured value. At a time of national mourning when the President of the United States was speaking to families in Connecticut stricken by unfathomable grief, that one of our students should utter such racial venom is completely unacceptable.

At times such as this one, I strain to find some educational value that might emerge. Here, the lesson is to all our students who use social media. Incidents such as this one will linger for years, will be seen by prospective employers, teachers, church members, acquaintances old and new. It is not a legacy anyone should create for themselves.

I am extremely proud of UNA. I know that we will move beyond what has happened. Let us do that in the spirit of the season by continuing to care for each other, and by affirming our shared principles as we build our University.

William G. Cale, President