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Hate message found on Central Michigan campus targets LGBTQ student

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By ALYSIA BURGIO and JASON LORENZ, WEYI/WSMH

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (CIRCA via WEYI/WSMH) — Another incident of hate at Central Michigan University has spurred frustration across campus.

This time, the hateful incident was targeted toward a transgender student who is a resident advisor.

This is the third hate incident that's happened on CMU’s campus in the past month. About two weeks ago, white nationalist posters were found inside buildings across campus. And last month, a racist message was written on the dorm room door of three African-American students.

Students have had enough.

“People are going right to people doors and all that kind of stuff, and that's kind of scary,” CMU student Madison Lewis said.

“I've always felt like the culture on campus was a little, like, different and off,” Niya Townsend said.

The transgender student, who wished to remain anonymous, says roughly two weeks ago they stumbled upon a hateful message that was written on a white board on their door inside Robinson Hall, their dormitory.

The message included a derogatory term that said, “piece of s**t transie R.A.”

CMU's office of LGBTQ services denounced the hate, saying it stands in solidarity with the student who was targeted and there is no place at CMU for actions that leave others feeling unsafe.

University officials say they are taking action.

“The campus recognized several months ago that there were issues about wanting to be a more inclusive and more equitable campus and community,” Chief Diversity Officer A.T. Miller said.

Miller says that's why the university is providing training for students, staff and faculty.

“We're doing a lot of structural work to change the way we interact and understand each other on campus,” Miller said.

Students say that's needed in order to move forward.

“I hope that people can see that this is happening, and I know a lot of people are mad about it. So, I hope that people see this and they try to fix it,” Lewis said.

“We are here to support our students and make sure all of our communities are successful and inclusive,” Miller said.

The university says each incident of hate is being investigated by the CMU Office of Civil Rights. It says none of the recent incidents are related.

If a student is found guilty, however, it is a violation of CMU’s code of conduct, and that student could face disciplinary action from the university.

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