Investigation into incident before women’s lacrosse game

Investigation into incident before women’s lacrosse game

Dear PC community,

As you may be aware, there was an incident about an hour before the women’s lacrosse game Friday vs. Howard University where a group of our students outside of the stadium were yelling inappropriate and hateful comments, including racist remarks, toward the visiting players and coaches.

First, let us be clear: No visitor to our campus should be subject to that kind of treatment, and this type of behavior is completely unacceptable. It is in no way aligned with the expectations and values of the college. We apologize to the Howard University women’s lacrosse coach and her players, and we deeply regret the experience they had on our campus.

Immediately upon learning of this situation, the administration began gathering the facts and reaching out to those directly impacted. A student conduct investigation already has begun, and any student found responsible for this reprehensible behavior during the event on Friday will face consequences. Such behavior does not stand at PC.

We must hold ourselves accountable and do better as a community to ensure all visitors to our campus are treated with dignity and respect.


Kerry Pannell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Will Harris, Chairperson of the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council