OHSU statement on noose found on campus

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OHSU strongly condemns the posting of a noose on our campus. This action is abhorrent, and we recognize that this symbol can be traumatic to members of our community. We regret any distress it caused and acted quickly to remove it. OHSU does not tolerate harassment or intimidation of any kind. We embrace a culture of inclusion and encourage employees, patients, visitors and students to speak out against such acts. Harsh consequences are imposed for anyone at OHSU who by word or action is hostile to others. Anyone who witnesses harassment or discrimination at OHSU is encouraged to report it.

Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, OHSU President

Greg Moawad, J.D., M.B.A., OHSU Interim Vice President of Human Resources, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity and Title IX Compliance

Background

OHSU Police responded Thursday, Nov. 7, to a report of a noose found looped over a construction cone in a secure area of one of our research buildings. The officer who responded to the scene documented the incident and immediately dismantled the noose. As part of the investigation, OHSU Police officers reviewed video footage from two cameras installed in the hallway; however, neither camera captured the specific area in which the noose was found. According to employees who frequent the area, the noose suddenly appeared this morning. OHSU Police officers now are reviewing badge reader access data to determine who may have entered the secure area. No further details are available at this time.


Tamara Hargens-Bradley
Associate Director of Media Relations
503-494-8231