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.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs