ECU Chancellor: Homophobic Attack Frustrating, Task Force Formed

East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard is weighing in on last months incident on campus where two people were physically attacked after they were verbally assaulted with sexist and homophobic comments.

In an email to students and faculty, Ballard says this type of behavior is completely inappropriate and will not be tolerated. He says the campus community has every right to be bothered by this act, and his administration shares in their frustration and disappointment.

As a result of the incident, Ballard says ECU has convened a special Bias Assessment and Response Task Force which will address these concerns and develop a campus plan which includes strengthening communication, education, and awareness. Those involved have been identified and face potential criminal charges as well as possible violations and penalties in relation to the ECU student code of conduct.

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