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Alleged Muslim harassment prompts scathing letter from CCSU president

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

Reports of a Muslim student being harassed at a state university in New Britain has campus police investigating.

Central Connecticut State University president Jack Miller said incidents like that will not be tolerated.

Miller encouraged everyone on the campus to come together to drive out hate.

He described the school as a welcoming community that’s very dedicated to learning.

Students told Eyewitness News that they agreed.

“The staff and the students are very nice,” said Ewa Kotlewska, a student.

That’s why students said they were shocked to hear a female Muslim student was verbally harassed. The incident reportedly happened around Thanksgiving.

The school hasn’t released information about where it happened or who was responsible.

Students said it just shouldn’t happen.

“I think that if a student is Muslim and they go to Central they shouldn't be harassed or mistreated for that reason,” Kotlewska said.

Miller called it disgusting in a letter to the campus.

"I want to say clearly that such harassment is totally unacceptable and contrary to everything that we as a university stand for," he wrote.

"At a time when anti-Muslim rhetoric has become so loud and pernicious in our country, we should especially embrace our Muslim colleagues and students and let them know that they are safe, welcomed, and valued here,” Miller added.

It’s unclear whether the incident happened on campus or if the harassment was done by another student.

CCSU police said they are trying to sort it all out.

This comes on the heels of an incident that happened at the University of Connecticut.

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, a Muslim student found a racially charged message on his dorm room door. The incident was so offensive, hundreds of students and faculty held an on-campus sit-in.

Students are taking exams now and will be away for winter break, but in January, CCSU is planning an event to bring students together and talk about what happened, in the hopes of bringing people together.

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