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The Anti-Defamation League is appalled at the reports of on-line hate targeting Black, gay and Muslim groups on the University of Georgia campus. In a letter to UGA President Jere Morehead, ADL commended the administration for their strong statement condemning this behavior and urged them to work with students to take proactive steps to stand up against hate. Shelley Rose, ADL Associate Director, issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately, the popularity of social media includes a pernicious underside and the postings reported in news media accounts are illustrative of that. It is important that the UGA police and GBI are investigating these matters and will pursue this to the full extent of the law. We hope the University will continue to stand up against all forms of hate and will actively support those student leaders who are committed to creating a campus that is safe, welcoming and inclusive for all students.”

While bullying and cyberbullying are often thought of as K-12 topics, we are becoming more aware of how bullying behavior and instances of cyberbullying in particular are having an increasing impact on college campuses.  ADL is offering a free webinar in response to this growing concern. On November 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM EST, experts from ADL will provide insight and strategies to address bullying and cyberbullying on college or university campuses.  The conversation will build a connection between bullying, bias and power, and the challenges of addressing these concerns as part of larger educational initiatives around diversity and inclusion issues on campus.  This webinar is open to any faculty or students. Sign up online at http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/education-webinars/.

In addition, ADL has resources and materials that can assist to create a climate of respect on college campuses and encourage students to stand up as allies for the targeted students. More resources for campus leaders can be found at www.adl.org/campusdiversity and http://www.adl.org/assets/pdf/education-outreach/Responding-to-Bigotry-and-Intergroup-Strife-on-Campus.pdf.