Statement from Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly

Dec. 20, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly, dean of students, comments on media reports about a controversial Twitter post sent Dec. 18 about President Obama. The reports claim the tweet came from an official of a University of Texas at Austin organization.

Reagins-Lilly's statement follows:

Sunday's Twitter posting about President Obama was offensive and embarrassing.

We embrace free speech and encourage the open exchange of ideas. But we also urge all students, alumni and friends to act respectfully and adhere to The University of Texas at Austin honor code which calls for "integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community."

Federal privacy law and concerns about safety currently prevent us from releasing any information about students.

For more information, contact: Gary Susswein, Office of the President, 512-471-4945.