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2007 Speeches & Statements Archives
November 16, 2007
Trustees, faculty, students, staff, and alumni; distinguished guests; neighbors and friends: thank you for being here this morning to celebrate this special occasion in the life of The George Washington University, and to welcome me to the challenging, humbling, and exhilarating honor of serving as GW’s 16th president.
November 02, 2007
We have received a report of an instance in which a racial epithet was written on a poster attached to the residence hall door of an African-American student.
October 31, 2007
Over the past week unknown individuals have posted offensive images and text on our campus. These acts have all the earmarks of hate crimes directed against members of our community. Such malicious acts are terribly damaging to our community and are not acceptable. Indeed, some of these actions constitute violations of District of Columbia law as well as GW's Code of Student Conduct. The University Police Department is actively investigating these incidents.
October 29, 2007
I regret having to report that, in what appears to be an expression of hatred directed against our Jewish students, an unknown person or persons have drawn the figure of a swastika on the doors of an undergraduate student.
October 12, 2007
First, I want to thank our students for the manner in which they have conducted themselves over the course of this challenging week. In response to a controversy we did not seek, our campus has come together in deploring expressions of hatred and reaffirming our principles of civility and mutual respect.
Statement of GW President Steven Knapp in Response to Anti-Muslim Fliers Posted on the Foggy Bottom Campus
October 08, 2007
This flier does not represent, in any way, shape or form, the views of the administration of GW. For that matter, I believe I am safe in saying it also does not represent the views of our faculty or student body.
September 11, 2007
Many universities across this great nation are pausing today, as we are, to remember and to reflect on the appalling attacks that took place six years ago.
September 10, 2007
I have had the privilege already of interacting with many of you. But for many weeks now, as one of the newest members of the faculty of The George Washington University, I have been looking forward to an opportunity to address my new colleagues as a body. It’s a pleasure to stand before you at last.
September 03, 2007
Upperclass, graduate, and professional students; transfer students; members of the Class of 2011: Whether you’re returning from a summer of work or leisure or arriving here for the very first time, it’s a pleasure to welcome you to The George Washington University. It’s also a pleasure to greet Mr. Ramsey and my colleagues on the faculty and staff, who are here this afternoon to join me in welcoming you to this community of scholars.