University of Maryland announces more steps to increase unity after Richard Collins' killing

University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh announced further steps Thursday to increase campus unity after an African American student from another university was killed on campus last month. Police are investigating the killing as a possible hate crime.

Loh said the university would be implementing a new "Pledge of Respect and Unity" for UM students that will "reaffirm our core values of respect for human dignity, diversity, inclusion and academic freedom."

The university will also seek to revise its Code of Student Conduct to strengthen sanctions for hate and bias incidents, Loh said.

Loh previously announced steps to combat hate on campus, including the formation of a task force.

Richard Collins III, a Bowie State University student days from graduation, was fatally stabbed on campus in May.

Sean Christopher Urbanski, a University of Maryland student from Severna Park, is charged with first- and second-degree murder. He is being held without bail. At a court hearing two days after the killing, Urbanski's lawyer, William C. Brennan said Urbanski did not have a criminal record and asked that he be allowed to live at home with a GPS monitor and receive alcohol abuse treatment while his case goes forward. The judge declined.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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