President Wayne State University President Richard Vannucci said in a statement Tuesday that “there is no justification for this type of misconduct,” adding that the university is “reviewing” the incident and is committed to holding all students accountable.
President John Swofford of Arizona State University, the nation’s second-largest university system, said the school is “committed to making sure our community is safe and protected and our leaders are fully aware of the ramifications.”
He said that “our students, faculty and staff are committed to the principles of fairness, transparency and due process, and we are reviewing this matter.”
The president of the University of Denver, meanwhile, said that the school has “taken immediate steps” to address the incident.
“Our University has no tolerance for misconduct, particularly when it involves our students,” university spokesman Dan Zawadzki said in an email to the Denver Post.
“We are taking immediate steps to address this issue,” he said.
“We are fully committed to protecting all of our students, including our transgender students, and the safety of all of us.”
Colorado State University Vice President for Academic Affairs Jonathan Zivack said in his statement that “all faculty, staff, and students of CU Denver have been placed on administrative leave while we investigate and we will continue to investigate.”
He added that the University will “continue to work to address and remove these types of incidents as quickly as possible.”
President James B. Harris of Western Governors University said in the statement that the incident “is unacceptable and a reminder of why our universities should be places where all students can thrive and learn.”
Harris said the university will also “continue its efforts to ensure that we protect the privacy of our transgender and gender-nonconforming students and all students, staff and faculty.”
He noted that the “University has also taken several steps to enhance the security of its campus and campus facilities.”
Harris also said that CU Denver has “established a campus-wide investigation to address these issues.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.