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UC San Diego reacts to racially offensive e-mail

February 25, 2011 |  5:03 pm

UC San Diego administrators have condemned an Internet prankster who sent out a racially offensive e-mail earlier this month, but they declined to publicly identify the student or say whether any disciplinary action was taken.

After receiving a campuswide e-mail about a student survey, someone took advantage of a "reply to all" button that should not have been on the message, campus officials said.

The officials did not respond to questions about the specific content of the message, other than to describe it as "grossly inappropriate." According to a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the person sent out a one-word message containing a common anti-black epithet. 

The action upset African American students who were outraged last year by several racially tinged incidents, including an off-campus party that mocked Black History Month.

In a statement released Friday, UC San Diego's administration said: "We sincerely regret that a single individual was given the ability to send out a hurtful and offensive email, and we have taken steps to ensure that this does not occur in the future."

The message said the campus is "resolute in our determination to ensure a safe and just environment in which everyone may live, work, learn and flourish."


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