Pride flag torn down from UD LGBTQ house, thrown in the trash

DAYTON — The University of Dayton is asking for students to speak out about “biased-related incidents” after a pride flag was pulled from the university's LGBTQ+ house and thrown in the trash.

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The flag was at the Spectrum South Ally House in the south student neighborhood.

Spectrum is a student organization that “promotes allyship for the LGBTQ+ community,” according to UD’s website.

“We condemn this act as incompatible with our Catholic, Marianist values and our commitment to create an environment where all feel safe, supported, valued and respected,” said a campus-wide email from UD President Eric Spina. “...And our commitment to community calls us to support each other, not tear each other down.”

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University police is investigating, as well as other offices.

University officials also met with Spectrum South Ally House residents to offer support.

“We are sending this message because it is important to acknowledge that this incident occurred so we understand the challenge before us as a community as we collectively work to eliminate discriminatory and hateful words or actions,” said Spina.

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Anyone with information about the incident or about similar incidents was urged to contact the public safety dispatcher at 937-229-2121 or the equity compliance office at 937-229-3622. The university asked that no one remove, move or deface any items so police can investigate before any items are removed.

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