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Social Media Postings Do Not Represent Our Values

June 3, 2020

We have received a number of messages regarding posts under the title “Illini White Student Union.” We have reported this page multiple times in the past and it continues to periodically resurface in slightly different forms. We've reported it again to Facebook. We don’t know who has created the account, and only Facebook has the ability to take the page down.

This page in any form is in opposition to our university values of respect and inclusivity. Our statement from the first appearance of this page in 2015 continues to fully represent the university’s position in every instance it resurfaces. The full original statement is below.

Nov. 18, 2015

Today’s social media postings under the title “Illini White Student Union” clearly were offensive to our university community. We have notified Facebook of the page and asked for its removal, as it violates the company’s own standards. We also are reaching out directly to those responsible for the postings notifying them that the usage of our name is in violation of our trademark rights and ordering them to cease and desist.

Posts and pages such as these stand in complete opposition to the values of mutual respect and community that define the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While they may be protected exercises of free speech, they are offensive, divisive and stunningly narrow-minded expressions.

Just because someone has the power to make a statement does not mean that we should give those words weight or value.

Renee Romano

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs