CAIR Applauds Maryland Campus Officials’ Response to Incident Involving Muslim Students, Welcomes Dialogue and Impending Policy Changes

(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/10/19) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded public safety officials at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md., for taking swift action to address concerns regarding the alleged mishandling of an incident involving Muslim students on campus. 

CAIR Good News Video: Incident Involving Muslim Students in Md. Leads to Dialogue, Policy Changes

On March 30, three students - who all wear hijab and are visibly Muslim - were taking photos with department-owned cameras for a class project at a popular photography spot on campus when two police cars pulled up. 

An officer got out and approached the teens to ask if they were taking photos for a class project. They replied yes and were informed that this had been reported to campus police as suspicious activity. 

Although they had done nothing wrong, they were instructed to notify officers before they took photos again on campus. At least one of the students reported to CAIR that she has experienced other Islamophobic incidents on campus, including being called “ISIS” and harassed for her Islamic attire.

CAIR met with the student and public safety officials, who agreed to coordinate diversity training for campus police; consider suggested policy revisions on cultural competency and diversity training; and explore holding a campus-wide event to challenge all forms of bigotry and intolerance

Quarterly round-table discussions with students from diverse backgrounds were also discussed as a solution to build trust and address concerns.  

CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis said in a statement to CAIR: 

“CCBC values the diversity of all people, cultures, ideas and viewpoints and honors the dignity of all students. We view our diverse student body as an asset to our academic community and are committed to ensuring that all students can study and learn in a safe and welcoming environment.”

“This case is an example of how a disturbing encounter can lead to positive results through constructive dialogue,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “We are proud of the student for her courage in coming forward, and we applaud CCBC’s Department of Public Safety for their commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive learning experience for their diverse student body.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com410-971-6062



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  • Caitlynn Cervantes
    commented 2019-04-14 13:27:40 -0400
    They are just lying no one cares if your Muslim we just care if your gonna kill us or not. Because a poll was taken that here in America where we have the most tolerant Muslims and it said that 1 in 4 Muslims think sucicude bombing is sometimes or often reasonable actions. And that should scare us because that’s tolerant if you go more east the numbers increase. This is not a peaceful religion I don’t care what you all say but after reading the Koran I can tell you it is full of violence it’s basically a war book written by a war lord who was on a death spree. By killing anyone who doesn’t conform and become Muslim. Kill anyone who doesn’t accept allah as their god it says and to be honest as a woman I would never accept a god who says it’s okay for my husband to beat me or do whatever he wants with me or tell me when I can and can’t leave the house and worst of all being told I have to cover up as not to give lust to men. So this religion wants to kill anyone who doesn’t conform and it also persecutes women and treats them as second class citizens that also has a vote that’s worth half of a mans vote. So I’m sorry if people seems scared of Muslims it’s because of all the horror that comes along with that. People need to wake up and see Allah is the Satan that our great god has been warning us about.