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CAIR Issues Maryland UMBC Campus Safety Advisory, Plans Self-Defense Training After Alleged Assault on Muslim Student  

(BALTIMORE, MD, 11/18/2021) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued a campus safety advisory encouraging Muslim students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) to stay vigilant and practice safety precautions after campus officials alerted it of an alleged physical assault targeting a Muslim student who wears hijab, or Islamic head scarf.  

According to a notice issued by UMBC administration, the incident occurred on Tuesday in the Commons building on campus where the visibly distraught student reported to staff that an unknown male ripped off her hijab. The university has launched an investigation and is in touch with CAIR.  

“Our thoughts are with this student, and we pray for her safety and well-being as we call for justice,” said CAIR’s Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry. “We strongly condemn this alleged attack and applaud administrators for taking swift action to investigate and alert students on campus.” 

The civil rights group is encouraging Muslim students at UMBC and other colleges and universities statewide to review its campus safety tips to learn how they can stay safe.  

SEE: Campus Safety Tips for Muslim Students

CAIR is also coordinating with the UMBC Muslim Students Association and Muslim martial arts instructors to arrange a self-defense training. Students are encouraged to report any concerns or incidents to CAIR at 

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.  

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CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062  

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