Statement from Dr. Gregory Vincent, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin

We embrace free speech on campus and encourage the open exchange of ideas, especially in our student media.

However, we recognize that the cartoon published in yesterday's Daily Texan was of questionable taste and was offensive to many members of the campus community. The facts are still being gathered in the Trayvon Martin case, so I urge all members of the UT Austin community to refrain from making rash statements or judgments. As the nation continues to grapple with this tragic event and its implications, I ask everyone in the UT family to be civil and respectful toward one another.