The student body president at the University of Illinois issued an apology Tuesday to Chancellor Phyllis Wise on behalf of students who attacked her on social media this week.
Wise's decision to hold classes Monday in the face of frigid wind chills prompted an outburst on Twitter and other social media, including some messages that were overtly racist and sexist.
Damani Bolden, president of the Illinois Student Senate, said he wanted to "reaffirm the student body's deep belief in maintaining an inclusive and pluralistic community. We must remember that to ensure a learning and working environment as diverse as our population civility, respect, and tolerance must always be shown through our words and actions toward each other and all members of our community."
He extended an apology to Wise "on behalf of the students who misrepresented these values."
Bolden also encouraged students to review and endorse an "Inclusive Illinois" statement that supports different perspectives and ideas and a safe and respectful environment on campus.