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University of Maryland announces steps to combat hate after recent killing

University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh on Wednesday announced a series of actions he said would help fight hate on campus after the murder of a student visiting from another university.

Richard Collins III, a black Bowie State University student who had just been commissioned into the U.S. Army and was set to graduate this week, was killed over the weekend. The suspect is a white University of Maryland student, and police are investigating the possibility that it may be a hate crime.

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Loh said the university will create a rapid-response team to provide support for students or other members of the community who have been the subject of a hate incident. He also said the university will allocate $100,000 to support diversity education efforts for the campus.

The university will begin producing an annual report on all hate-bias incidents on campus, Loh said in his email to the campus community. The Athletics Council will also weigh measures to prevent hate-bias in the university's athletics scene.

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Finally, Loh said the university will establish a task force on hate-bias and campus safety that will offer recommendations on how to "foster an environment where hate is not tolerated."

"We all want a culture that rejects hate and forges a more perfect union in our nation's rich multi-cultural and multi-ethnic diversity," Loh wrote. "But these are fraught times, on our campus, across the nation, and the world. It is on all of us to stand up and fight the racism, extremism, and hate that are cancers in our body politic."

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