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November 8, 2023

Statement to the Community

After a month of news reports of attacks perpetrated by the Hamas terrorist organization in the Middle East, we are still experiencing an escalating and profound sense of horror, grief and disbelief as the increasing loss of life, along with the enormity of this escalating confrontation and violence in the region, has the entire world on edge.

We recently learned of an incident allegedly involving an individual from our community. St. Francis College is aware of the situation and shares in your deep concern. Please be advised that the College is taking this incident seriously and conducting a full investigation in accordance with SFC’s Code of Conduct. We will take the appropriate actions, which align with the severity of the alleged incident being investigated.

St. Francis College is a community of more than 3,600 students and more than 250 employees, and we are proud of our broad range of backgrounds. As an institution firmly planted in Franciscan values of community, collaboration and connection, we are committed to ensuring St. Francis College remains an inclusive environment where students, staff, faculty and community members alike feel welcome and can thrive.

Our learning environment respects civil debate, and all members of the community have the right to peacefully express themselves in accordance with College policies and procedures; no one has the right to disrupt activities associated with the College or commit violence, vandalism, intimidation, discrimination or harassment. Any and all conduct that targets individuals due to race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability will not be tolerated at St. Francis College; specifically, in this case, there is no tolerance for anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or related hate of any kind.

While some may argue over moral equivalents and justifications, the College is committed to ensuring the safety of our entire community and is prepared to act quickly, now and in the future, if any acts by individuals or groups within our community violate our policies or the laws of our city, state and country. The College’s resources are available to all who seek them:

  • Anyone desiring to speak with someone can contact Brother Gregory Cellini of the Office of Mission, Ministry and Interfaith Dialogue at [email protected].
  • Students who are interested in counseling, please reach out to Natasha Edwards, LMHC, NCC, CASAC-T, Associate Dean, Health Promotions & Wellness, at [email protected] or [email protected].
  • Finally, as a reminder, should you receive any media or press inquiries, please contact the Office of Marketing & Communications at [email protected].

Let us stand together and continue to treat one another with kindness, respect, understanding and tolerance.

Denis J. Salamone
Chair, St. Francis College Board of Trustees

Timothy Cecere

President, St. Francis College

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