NDSU president will address bigoted messages from Republican students in video message to campus


MINOT, N.D. — Last week I reported on bigoted messages shared in a Telegram messaging group organized by the North Dakota Young Republicans, among them a student leader at North Dakota State University.

Today, NDSU is responding to the controversy, saying that President David Cook will be addressing the bigoted remarks in a video statement sent to the campus this afternoon.

“While the comments are protected free speech, I want to reaffirm that NDSU values a community that is inclusive and collegial, and those comments are not reflective of our values,” Cook said in a released statement sent to me ahead of the video’s publication. “I encourage everyone to continue to work toward a community of respect as we start our semester.”

Brynn Rawlings, a media relations coordinator for the school, said these remarks will be part of what Cook “will be sharing with campus in a video this afternoon.”

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