President McConnell’s Statement on Historic Election

The following message was sent by President Glenn McConnell ’69 to the campus community on Nov. 15, 2016.

Dear Campus Community:

A week ago, this country held a historic election. Millions of people exercised their right to vote, which is the cornerstone of our democracy.

But there was nothing ordinary about this election season – one that historians, sociologists and political scientists will surely discuss and debate for decades, if not longer. In fact, I know our own community of scholars will provide much insight and expert commentary in this national conversation as we work to better understand the cultural trends and attitudes that shaped this election.

What we have witnessed over the past year is that there are some deep divisions within our country as well as areas of agreement. And that’s what is exceptional about our country – we have the freedom to disagree and voice our opinions and still have a smooth transition of power.

It is our duty as Americans and members of the College of Charleston to treat each other with kindness and empathy. No matter the political divide, we must always be tolerant of each other’s views. That diversity of thought and opinion is what makes our institution and our country remarkable. And I am asking all of you – faculty, staff and students – to be champions of respect and champions of compassion.

Hateful speech and actions will not be tolerated at the College. If you believe you have been subjected to a bias-motivated act by a campus member, here’s how to report it:

  • An act by a student, please report the incident to the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • An act by a faculty member, please report the incident to the appropriate department chairperson.
  • An act by a staff member, please report the incident to the appropriate supervisor.
  • And if you’re uncomfortable with any of these options, I encourage you to reach out to the Office of the Institutional Ombudsperson.

Again, I urge our entire campus to remember our core values. It’s our collective responsibility to continue to make the entire College of Charleston campus a place where we are free to share our opinions and where everyone feels respected.

Sincerely,

Glenn

 

Glenn F. McConnell ’69

President

College of Charleston