An Official Message to Carlow University Students

An Official Message to Carlow University Students
From Timothy P. Phillips Ph.D
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Dear Carlow University Students,

The country continues to deal with the emotion and pain from the injustice inflicted through the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd’s death. Throughout we have seen an outpouring of perspective from Carlow students, much on social media.

As a Catholic Mercy university, we advocate contemplation and action. Inequity and racism are important dynamics, and it is critical that we engage in open dialogue, peaceful protest and action that brings social change. The essence of the Carlow experience is to raise our voices, enter into the chaos of another, and critique long-held beliefs that limit our ability to see truth.

Recently we have seen posts on social media that do not represent Carlow University’s values. To be clear, comments or photos that demean, further racial stereotypes, or champion violence are not in keeping with University values or what we expect from our students. When the university becomes aware of content that violates University policy, we will take appropriate action.

As you engage in dialogue and action in response to the pandemic and recent events, we expect you will confirm that content and action are consistent with both personal values and those of the University you represent.

Please also consider the unintended consequences of such actions, as social media content remains available for others to forward or review, including University personnel and current and future employers.

Through our collective action, we will create a more just and merciful world.


Timothy P. Phillips, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students

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