July 6, 2020
UMBC tracks, investigates, and reports hate-bias crimes/incidents on our campus. Hate-bias crimes/incidents are acts that could be interpreted as expressions of hate or bias against a particular group or individual because of their membership, perceived or actual, in that group. These acts may range from those considered to be offensive to acts that threaten or cause physical harm. Such incidents are inconsistent with UMBC values, including our community’s respect for diversity and inclusion. We believe it is important to alert our campus community about these divisive and hurtful occurrences.
Incident: Offensive slur written on a desk targeting a Black employee of a bwtech@UMBC North Research and Technology Park company.
Location: 5520 Research Park Drive, third floor; an office building operated by an external developer.
Date/Time: July 6, 2020, 10:10 a.m.
Incident Description: An employee of a company located in the Research Park reported to his supervisor that a racial slur was written on the employee’s desk. The supervisor reported the incident to UMBC Police. UMBC Police interviewed the employee and supervisor, as well as another manager, to gain additional information about who may have written the slur. The investigation is ongoing.
If you have information about this incident, please call the UMBC Police at (410) 455-5555.
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Paul Dillon, Chief of Police