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UMSU Fully Supports Cultural Diversity on Campus

Early Monday morning, it was brought to our attention that racist posters targeting Chinese international students had been put up around the University of Melbourne Parkville campus. The posters stated in Mandarin, “Attention, entry into the campus of Chinese students should be strictly prohibited. If violated, you can be deported from the country” and included the logos of the University of Melbourne, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and the National Union of Students (NUS). The posters were clearly false, had no factual basis and were of malicious intent.

UMSU has alerted the University and campus security, and an investigation is currently underway. The posters have been attributed to a white supremacist, neo-Nazi group which has previously targeted the University of Melbourne. It has also been brought to our attention that similar posters were also found at Monash University, bearing their respective logos.

We vehemently condemn these posters and the group behind them. We want all incoming students to feel safe and welcome on campus. UMSU does not tolerate any kind of racism. We are committed to ensuring the university is a welcoming place for Chinese students, as well as for students of all nationalities and cultural backgrounds.

This was clearly an attempt to create divisions in the student body. As a community committed to inclusivity, we want to stress that being disgusted and outraged isn’t enough. This is a call to action for everyone to welcome incoming students and to reach out and support their classmates. It is everyone’s responsibility to make each other feel welcome and comfortable on campus. If you are as disgusted by these posters as we are, we encourage you to take tangible steps to reach out to other students to strengthen the campus community.

If you see something on campus that concerns you, please contact Campus Security on +61 8344 6666 or 1800 246 066.

 

Yan Zhuang
UMSU President