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CAIR Welcomes Maryland College’s Action After Islamophobic Incident

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/17/16) – The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the resolution of an Islamophobic incident that took place earlier this year at the Takoma Park campus of Montgomery College in Montgomery County, Md.

On February 25, a student at that campus was reportedly subjected to hostile and intimidating behavior by an outside activist group that was disparaging Islam and Muslims, and by a professor supportive of the group’s rhetoric. The student, who is not Muslim, challenged the group’s disparaging comments and came to the defense of Muslim students who heard the Islamophobic comments.

Part of the incident was caught on video and submitted to campus administrators who were notified of the incident. CAIR submitted a letter to the college calling for an apology from the professor involved, and urged administrators to pass specific measures to protect the student involved and prevent similar incidents in the future. 

College administrators recently concluded their investigation and worked with CAIR to reach a satisfactory resolution that included 1) an apology from the professor, 2) protection of student from reprisal, 3) diversity training for staff involved in the incident, and 4) steps taken to ensure policy enforcement regarding outside groups visiting campus.

In a statement, CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry said:

“In their handling of this incident, Montgomery College administrators have demonstrated that this institution of higher learning is indeed committed to protecting its diverse student body, preserving its integrity and upholding the values of tolerance, inclusivity and religious freedom that serve as the cornerstones of our state and our nation. We especially thank Vice President & Provost Ms. Margaret Latimer, and look forward to developing and strengthening the relationship we have established in order to enhance students' learning experiences moving forward.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

If you believe your rights have been violated, you may call CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or email

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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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