President Garimella’s 9/15/22 Letter to the Community

In response to the initiation of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights investigation, on September 15, 2022, President Garimella sent an email to the entire UVM community. Using hostile language, President Garimella accused the whistleblowers of making false allegations and inflicting harm on the UVM community. Moreover, the email contains serious inaccuracies that mischaracterize the reported incidents and UVM’s handling of those reports.

President Garimella’s September statement was widely condemned, including by 20 Jewish organizations. The recent release of the conclusions of the OCR investigation contradict the information disseminated in that statement. The OCR report specifically calls out President’s September statement for contributing to a hostile environment for the Jewish community at UVM.

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