Threats Against Muslim Faculty at Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN - An investigation is underway at ISU prompted by threats to the Muslim community.

Students, faculty and staff learned of the probe in an e-mail.

A report filed with ISU police stated the threats came from an unknown email source.

Messages went to both Muslims and non-Muslims on campus. 

Students say something like this should not be taken lightly.

"You're still people," says Joseph Wildt, a freshman at ISU. "It's definitely hard to be singled out like that."

"It's more of kinda concerning," says Radasia Blaylock, a senior at ISU. "So it's like, why do you feel like you have to say something like this? It's not appropriate, ya know?"

"I'm pretty sure the police or the law will crack the case," says Jipin Juse, masters student at ISU. 

And that case deals with threats made against the Muslim community at Indiana State University.

"The university does not tolerate intolerance," says Libby Roerig, director of communications at ISU. "In any form, and if someone has experienced an intolerant act, either in person or by email or by phone, we encourage them to report it to law enforcement."

Muslim faculty received the threats from an unknown source, but those who follow the Muslim faith believe this hate will be corrected swiftly despite feeling scared.

"If it's just targeting certain individuals based on their religion then that's scary," says Juse. "If it's targeting because of their country, it's even more scarier because there are a lot of students who are coming from that particular country, that particular religion."

The swift action taken by Indiana State campus police has others feeling comfortable in the situation.

"It makes me feel actually safe," says Blaylock. "As an African American woman who is a Christian, like you make me feel safe and it's not even about me but you make me feel safe."

And the university is backing the efforts made by campus police to end the investigation with a result.

"Our international students and scholars bring an important perspective to our community here at Indiana State," says Roerig. "And they're an integral part of building an environment of inclusive excellence for everyone studying, working and living on campus."

Students are doing what they know best, and that's supporting each other no matter their differences.

"If any body ever feels unsafe, or unwelcome anywhere there's always someone probably there saying, 'hey, I will walk you to class,'" says Blaylock. "If you want me to, I'll walk you to your car.'"

"If you are an ISU student we stick by each other," says Juse. "And I think the police here show the same kind of respect for us just as we should for the law here."

The investigation is still ongoing.

When Rebecca Brumfield reached out to campus police Thursday, officials said they will comment once the investigation is complete.

Libby Roerig says that the university works very hard to provide an open, welcoming and understanding atmosphere on campus.

And they plan to keep that initiative during and after the investigation has concluded.

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