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Boston University sent a letter to students on September 25 encouraging participation in Black Lives Matter protests, as long as it was done “safely,” even though this would mean breaking the school prohibition of attending gatherings larger than 25 people.

The letter titled “Engaging Safely,” was written by BU President Robert Brown and distributed to students via email, as well as posted to the school’s website. The letter came in anticipation of the protests that occurred following the verdict in the Breonna Taylor case.

“At Boston University we are committed to staying focused on eliminating systemic racism in our society and in our midst—and to help find paths to the equal and just application of laws so that no member of our society need fear the police,” the letter read. “This commitment includes working to understand how prejudice—including its implicit and subconscious forms—can result in harassment and violence against people of color.”

In order to return this fall, BU had to adopt strict policies to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak. One of these mandates includes no throwing or attending gatherings over 25 people.

A letter written to the BU community in late August by Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore warned students of strict consequences for anyone breaking the guidelines put in place.

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