University President: USI "Will Not Tolerate" Racist Materials

Aug 8, 2019

One of the flyers found on vehicles outside USI on Tuesday

The president of the University of Southern Indiana is calling for a “climate of respect and acceptance” following the discovery of white supremacists flyers on the campus.

In a statement, University President Ron Rochon said USI values freedom of inquiry and expression but will “not tolerate” such materials.

Rochson said USI Public Safety is “actively investigating the activity.”

A professor told WNIN FM that he saw dozens of the flyers left on windshields on Tuesday.

The flyers asked “are you proud to be white?”

They also invited recipients to “contact like-minded people,” with a web address and QR code that links to a white supremacist website.

The discovery came just days after Ku Klux Klan flyers were distributed in Bloomington and after the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas which is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

In his statement, Rochon asked students to “consider the well-being of those around you, and to embrace the differences” that make the campus unique.

He said the mission is to live wisely in a “diverse and global community."

Classes resume at USI Aug. 19th.