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Release: April 21, 2000

The following is a statement issued by UI President Mary Sue Coleman on Friday, April 21:

Yesterday's arrest in connection with threats against minority students in the College of Dentistry has brought a measure of relief, tinged with sadness and confusion. One thing is clear: we still have much work to do to rebuild trust and regain our sense of common purpose. I want to assure all persons on campus that you are valued members of our community, both individually and collectively. Each of you has earned your place here on the basis of your individual merits. No person's credibility, now or in the future, should be compromised by this unfortunate incident. Instead, let us take it as a wake-up call that reminds us that we should judge each other as individuals, by the content of our character. And now I hope we can move forward, in accordance with our core values, to "encounter each other in a spirit of cooperation, openness, and mutual respect, to form a richly diverse and intellectually stimulating community."