UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Denounces Hate-Crime

On Sunday, June 23rd one of our graduate students, Mr. Saurabh Bhalerao, was brutally attacked, beaten and victimized while delivering a pizza in the community.

UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Denounces Hate-Crime 


Today, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack issued the following statement to the campus community. 

Dear Colleagues: 

On Sunday, June 23rd one of our graduate students, Mr. Saurabh Bhalerao, was brutally attacked, beaten and victimized while delivering a pizza in the community. In perpetrating this inhumane attack, his four assailants targeted Saurabh, a Hindu, because they thought he was a member of the Muslim faith. 

The entire campus community stands united in strongly denouncing this senseless act of violence. It was clearly a heinous hate crime and in a civilized society, there are simply no justifications for these acts. We are outraged that such a hideous and monstrous attack could be inflicted upon a peaceful member of our campus community. We denounce this and all hate crimes with unanimous and unequivocal concurrence. 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has a long tradition of encouraging open-mindedness, tolerance and acceptance of our country’s multi-cultural diversity. As an institution, UMass Dartmouth adheres to and enforces a “zero-tolerance” policy regarding hate crimes. Hate crimes are not acceptable and will never be tolerated under any circumstances. 

Although this appears to have been an isolated incident, I am advising all students to be aware that vicious acts of violence and hate crimes can occur anywhere and at any time. In all cases, they should be reported immediately to the police. 

The faculty, staff and students at UMass Dartmouth have been actively engaged in building awareness about hate crimes both on campus and in the community. We remain firmly committed to expanding that effort in the future. The University is working cooperatively with the Anti-Defamation League, the Indian American Forum for Political Education and the New Bedford Cultural Affairs Office in reaching out and offering our collective support to rid our community of these deplorable hate crimes. 

I am pleased to report that Mr. Bhalerao is in Rhode Island Hospital recovering from his injuries and he is expected to be released early next week. During the days and months ahead, Saurabh Bhalerao will need our emotional and financial assistance. In response to the initial outpouring of support, the UMass Dartmouth Foundation has established a special fund dedicated to assist Mr. Bhalerao and his family. Donations can been sent to: 
Saurabh Bhalerao Recovery Fund 
C/O UMass Dartmouth Foundation 
285 Old Westport Road 
Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300 

As Chancellor, I know that each of you join me in denouncing this outrageous and brutal hate crime. Our thoughts and prayers are with Saurabh and we all wish him a speedy recovery. 


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