(Updated 4 p.m. November 8. This post will be updated as new information is available.)
When on October 31 reports of a classroom incident submitted by individuals were made to Augsburg leadership, we immediately set in motion the process we have in place for investigating such situations. Augsburg continues moving forward with the review.
Individuals who submitted reports have been invited to have further conversations. The goal of these conversations is to ensure that Augsburg has a thorough understanding of students’ experiences and the impact on the learning environment, given Augsburg’s commitment to a discrimination-free learning environment. Once all the information is collected and carefully reviewed in this process, Provost Karen Kaivola will determine actions to move forward.
Augsburg is working to support the students’ academic success through the end of the semester. To support that goal in the near-term, the dean of arts and sciences is working directly with students regarding classes and activities.
“Like many other colleges and universities across the nation, we are grappling today with a seeming conflict between academic freedom and fostering inclusive learning environments,” Augsburg University President Paul Pribbenow said. “But I believe that Augsburg, of all places, is a community where we can work to find ways to preserve both of those values without compromising either. It will take work and commitment, and we are dedicated to continuing these efforts.”