Vice Provost and Dean of Students Berquam releases statement on offensive costume at Camp Randall

Published: Oct. 30, 2016 at 3:45 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis (WMTV)-- During Saturday's game against Nebraska, a football attendee was seen wearing a mask of President Obama's face with a noose around his neck.

UW-Madison released a statement Saturday regarding the offensive costume saying:

"UW officials were made aware that an individual in the seating bowl had donned a highly insensitive and offensive costume. UW Athletics' guest services staff were dispatched to the individual's seating area where they asked them him to remove the offensive components of the costume. He complied.

"UW Athletics' policy regarding admission into the stadium with a costume stipulates that no one may be wearing a mask upon entering the facility. Once inside, it is permissible to wear a mask. The costume, while repugnant AND COUNTER TO THE VALUES OF THE UNIVERSITY AND ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT, was an exercise of the individual's right to free speech. The university also exercised its rights by asking the individual to remove the offensive parts of the costume.

UW-Madison is dedicated to promoting a campus environment where all people feel valued, safe and able to thrive. To that end, the university continues to encourage all of our community members to engage in discussion over vital issues in ways that promote greater understanding and respect for all persons."

The statement was shared through the University's Twitter page.

Copyright 2016: WMTV


Statement from Chancellor Blank and Athletic Director Alvarez on stadium incident

“A noose displayed in this fashion has no place on campus. Together, the Athletics Department and the University’s Office of Legal Affairs are initiating a review of stadium policies with the goal of ensuring that symbols of this type are not displayed in our stadium again.”