OHSU strongly condemns the posting of a noose on our campus. This action was deeply offensive and OHSU regrets the pain that it caused.
OHSU Human Resources, assisted by OHSU Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, interviewed all parties involved and took appropriate action with the responsible employee. OHSU keeps employee personnel information confidential so more details about those actions will not be shared.
OHSU President Dr. Joe Robertson has emphasized OHSU’s commitment to be a great organization, diverse in people and ideas. His year-end message to staff encouraged all OHSU employees to reject intolerance and injustice and to demonstrate “Respect for all.”
This incident reminds us that words are not enough. We must all embrace a culture of inclusion, speak out against discrimination and impose harsh consequences to those who by word or action are disrespectful or hostile to others.
Anyone who witnesses harassment or discrimination at OHSU is encouraged to report it to AA/EO.