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Hate message found on CMU campus targets LGBTQ student

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Another incident of hate reported at Central Michigan University has spurred frustration for students. This time, the hateful incident was targeted toward a transgender student who is an R.A. on campus.{ }(Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

(UPDATE) MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Another incident of hate at Central Michigan University has spurred frustration across campus.

This time the hateful incident was targeted toward a transgender student who is a Resident Advisor.

This is the third hate incident that's happened on CMU’s campus in the past month.

About two weeks ago, white nationalist posters were found inside buildings across campus.

And last month, a racist message was written on the dorm room door of three African American students and students have had enough.

“People are going right to people doors and all that kind of stuff and that's kind of scary,” said CMU student Madison Lewis.

“I've always felt like the culture on campus was a little like different and off,” Niya Townsend stated.

The most recent incident involves a CMU student who is also an R.A.

The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, says roughly two weeks ago they stumbled upon a hateful message that was written on a white board on their door inside Robinson Hall.

The message included a derogatory term for a person who is transgender that said, “piece of s**t transie R.A.”

It's a situation that's frustrated the LGBTQ community who have taken to social media.

CMU's office of LGBTQ services denounced the hate, saying they stand in solidarity with the student who was targeted and there is no place at CMU for actions that leave others feeling unsafe and university officials say they are taking action.

“The campus recognized several months ago that there were issues about wanting to be a more inclusive and more equitable campus and community,” said Chief Diversity Officer A.T. Miller.

Miller says that's why the university is providing training for students, staff and faculty.

“We're doing a lot of structural work to change the way we are interact and understand each other on campus,” said Miller.

A move that students say is needed in order to move forward.

“I hope that people can see that this is happening and I know a lot of people are mad about it so I hope that people see this and they try to fix it,” Lewis stated.

“We are here to support our students and make sure all of our communities are successful and inclusive,” said Miller.

The university says each incident of hate is being investigated by the CMU Office of Civil Rights. They say none of the recent incidents are related.

If a student is found guilty however, it is a violation of CMU’s code of conduct and that student could face disciplinary action from the university.


MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Another incident of hate reported at Central Michigan University has spurred frustration for students.

This time, the hateful incident was targeted toward a transgender student who is an R.A. on campus.

This is the third time we've seen something like this happen on CMU's campus in the past month.

About two weeks ago on November 19, white nationalist posters were found inside buildings across the university.

And on November 7, a racist message was written on the dorm room door of three African-American students.

It was inside Robinson Hall that a student who is also a resident advisor--was targeted for being transgender.

The student--who prefers to remain anonymous says roughly two weeks ago, they stumbled upon a hateful message that was written on a white board on their door. The message, which includes profanity, says "piece of *blank* transie R.A.”

The university did respond to the incident right away--but did not make it public until the student was comfortable.

This has stirred disappointment from the LGBTQ community who has taken to social media.

CMU's office of LGBTQ services denounced the hate, saying they stand in solidarity with the student who was targeted and there is no place at CMU for actions that leave others feeling unsafe.

One student we caught up with says she's taken back by these acts of hatred.

And university officials say they're taking steps to address the issues.

"I was pretty surprised especially because people were going right to people doors all thanks kind of stuff, it's kind of scary. Yeah, that was pretty shocking to me,” said student Madison Lewis.

"I'm not saying it's a positive thing to have the incidents, but I think the recognition that they are being handled and taken seriously is a part of the equation to improve the climate,” said A.T. Miller, CMU Chief Diversity Officer.

But how is the university working to change the culture on campus.

Miller says they're providing training for students, staff and faculty on how to respond and handle situations in the future.

He also says if a student is found guilty of these hate incidents it is a violation of their code of conduct and that student could face disciplinary action from the university.