University of Windsor President issues statement regarding Delta Chi fraternity

(Windsor, Ontario, November 26, 2020)  ­­–  On Wednesday evening I received an email accompanied by messages allegedly exchanged by various members of the Delta Chi fraternity.

Many of the messages shared in this note are disturbing, unacceptable, and entirely incongruent with the values of our school and the work we are doing to create a more inclusive and equitable community at the University of Windsor.

I acknowledge and am very sorry for the pain this language has caused for our students, faculty, and staff. As President, I take responsibility for the progress we need to make to ensure that our campus protects the emotional, physical, and psychological safety of everyone in our community. We will be immediately launching an investigation into this matter.

Greek Letter Organizations like Delta Chi do not have a formal relationship with the University of Windsor. Nor are they recognized by the University’s Student Association. Like many off-campus organizations, they are permitted to book space on campus for meetings and activities. The University will be immediately suspending any opportunities for this organization to engage with University activities, pending the investigation of these matters. The University has contacted the US-based leadership of Delta Chi to ensure this matter is handled appropriately and promptly. We have also forwarded this matter to Windsor Police Services.

The University of Windsor is focused on addressing manifestations of anti-Black Racism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination across our institution. To our students and staff: We hear you and we recognize this work is ongoing and nowhere near done.

Our Anti-Black Racism Task Force started its work today and is beginning public consultation with students, faculty, and other members of our community. Among other actions, we have also undertaken a third-party review of student disciplinary processes, led by former University Secretary and General Counsel at York University, Harriet Lewis. We appreciate the contributions of staff, students, and faculty in deciding on these and other actions, and we anticipate the completion of Lewis’s review this winter.

All this work is part of a much larger process underway across the University of Windsor, work that I know is essential to rebuilding the trust of our community. That work has already begun but we have much, much more to do before we can move forward as an organization.

For now, I want to thank our students, faculty, and staff for bringing this to our attention and for their ongoing work to make our campus safer and more equitable. We know this is work that Black faculty, staff, and students should not have to undertake, and apologize again for the distress this incident has caused. We will work together to root out racism and discrimination in all its forms.

I look forward to providing you with an update in the coming days.

Thank you.

Dr. Rob Gordon,
President and Vice-Chancellor

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CONTACT:

John Coleman
Director, Public Affairs & Communications
University of Windsor
Cell: 519-819-0360
jcoleman@uwindsor.ca