Statement from Dean Kathleen Blee

Recently one of our students alleged that a Dietrich School faculty member made anti-Semitic statements during a class. This report is very concerning, and I assure you that we have taken several definitive steps to address the situation, including engaging the appropriate University offices to conduct a thorough inquiry of the incident—an inquiry that remains ongoing.  

Offensive comments that target or disparage any ethnic, racial, religious or other underrepresented group are dangerous, hurtful and stand in direct opposition to the University’s values and the Dietrich School’s values. We remain committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all our students, faculty, and staff members and we know that the work of fostering a truly inclusive community must be ongoing.

Anyone who has felt traumatized by this reported incident is encouraged to reach out to the University’s Office of Student Affairs and Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) and make use of the many support services and resources they offer. As always, please use the Pitt Concern Connection to report bias incidents involving a member of the University of Pittsburgh community or University facilities.