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USF president Steve Currall weighs in on Capitol siege

He called it a “deeply troubling” attempt to “undermine our country’s democratic process.”
USF President Steve Currall said Wednesday's attack in Washington, D.C., was an attempt to thwart the democratic process.
USF President Steve Currall said Wednesday's attack in Washington, D.C., was an attempt to thwart the democratic process. [ JAMES BORCHUCK | Times (2019) ]
Published Jan. 8

USF President Steve Currall joined other local leaders in condemning Wednesday’s violent siege on the United States Capitol by supporters of President Trump.

In a message to the USF community sent Thursday afternoon, Currall reaffirmed the university’s commitment to its Principles of Community, a document defining its values, and civic responsibility. Here is the full text:

Wednesday’s unprecedented violence in Washington, D.C., was deeply troubling. The University of South Florida joins leaders across our nation in emphatically condemning acts that were intended to undermine our country’s democratic process.

As a public institution of higher learning, USF is committed to teaching our next generation of citizens the value of rigorous intellectual inquiry. Our Principles of Community affirm the freedom to explore and peacefully express diverse and even conflicting ideas. This affirmation is at the core of our mission as a university to positively shape the future of our region, nation and globe.

In the face of Wednesday’s thwarted efforts to derail the Constitutional process, USF’s mission — and our civic responsibility — is more important than ever. The democratic process will prevail, and our unity as a nation will strengthen as we work to embrace our differences and promote honesty, trust and the rule of law.

Steven C. Currall

President and Professor