Anonymous Letters and Comments

An Open Letter to the University Community

Re: Anonymous Letters and Comments

I am excited to see so many of you taking interest in matters of the Undergraduate Student Government this year. As many of you know, part of my responsibility is to listen to and address your concerns. Although we are always happy to hear from you and respond, we have been receiving anonymous letters that we can’t respond to. This puts us in a very difficult position, because even if you have a valid concern, we have no way of talking with you about it. As a result, it looks as if we are ignoring your concerns.

Your input is very important to us, and by submitting anonymous letters, we are frustrated that we can’t address your concerns directly. This office is open every weekday 8:30-4:30, SAC Suite 202. We always have a receptionist at the front desk, and there is almost always an elected official here that would be happy to talk to you. We aren’t easily angered or surprised, so you should feel comfortable talking with us. We are regular students who often share the same concerns as you.

Furthermore, according to the United States Postal Service, anonymous letters can be dangerous. As you know, there was an anthrax scare several years ago, and that threat still exists. As such, the USPS advises against opening letters without return addresses, because it may be an indication of a suspicious package. To read more about this policy, visit http://www.usps.com/news/2001/press/pr01_1010tips.htm

As such, the Office of the President will no longer entertain anonymous letters or comments. We sincerely urge you to come to the office and speak with any of us personally. We will do everything we can to protect your identity. If you still do not feel comfortable talking to one of us, seek help from the University Ombuds office in the library at the bottom of the stairs next to the Zebra Path. They can address almost any issue at the University while protecting your identity. Our safety and your safety must be the first priority, and then we can begin to address the important issues that you bring to our attention. We simply cannot address an issue that is brought to us anonymously.

I hope we can move forward in a more open and productive manner. Enjoy your winter break.

Sincerely,

Jasper Wilson

President, Undergraduate Student Government

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