Juniata College is currently conducting an investigation into an anonymous email that was sent out to an unspecified number of Juniata College community members June 26.

According to an email sent out by College president James Troha the same evening to the Juniata community, the anonymous email allegedly, “contained slurs, hateful language and intimations of violence directed at members of our community on the basis of their identity.”

The content of the email was condemned by Troha as having “absolutely no place at Juniata.”

A second email was sent out by Troha June 27 which stated that a student believed to be the author of the anonymous email had been identified and suspended, pending further investigation.

Troha’s email said the anonymous email left “many of our community members feeling afraid, angry, vulnerable and unsafe” and continued on to say, “The appropriate law enforcement agencies are continuing their own investigations of the matter.”

Matthew Damschroder, vice-president for student life and dean of students, was only able to comment that the student in question would be afforded due process as required by the Student Code of Conduct.

“I can say our college ethos is to afford due process to all students based on findings of responsibilities. It’s in our best interest that everyone has that same opportunity,” he said.

When a student is accused of being in violation of the Student Code of Conduct at the college they are entitled to an “administrative hearing,” a private meeting to gather information about the alleged incident.

Nathan can be reached at nwoods@huntingdondailynews.com.


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