University of Northern Colorado student assaulted in suspected hate crime, campus leaders say

Local and campus police in Greeley are investigating reports of a suspected hate crime committed against a University of Northern Colorado student last weekend, school leaders announced Tuesday.

Early Saturday morning, Greeley police responded to an assault against a UNC student that occurred off-campus, university officials said.

“As this is an active police investigation, we are limited in the information that we can share publicly,” UNC President Andy Feinstein and Tobias Guzmán, the school’s chief diversity officer, wrote in a message to the campus community. “However, the report we received strongly suggests the victim was targeted because of the color of their skin. Our thoughts are with the victim of this incomprehensible act of violence and their family, and university staff members are in contact with them and offering support.”

The university did not release more information about the crime, the condition of the victim or any potential suspect.

Representatives of the Greeley Police Department could not immediately be reached.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact UNC police at 970-351-2245.

“Incidents motivated by racism and hate are incongruent with our values as a university community,” Feinstein and Guzmán wrote. “We are even more heartbroken that this has happened at the start of the all semester, when it proves more important than ever that we each look out for one another to protect the health and safety of our fellow Bears. In the midst of a global pandemic that threatens our welfare and that of our families, we must not lose sight of the very real threats posed by discrimination, hate and racism, as well as the violent and oftentimes more subtle ways that they manifest in the  actions of individuals and institutions.”

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