Web Update Friday, Nov. 2, 5:10 a.m.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now involved with the investigation into eight swastikas that have appeared in three locations throughout campus in the last week, according to a news release issued by the University early Friday morning.
Under normal circumstances the University does not release details about ongoing police investigations, said Robert Chernak, senior vice president for Student and Academic Support Services. Because of mounting concern about the scope of the University’s investigation, GW skirted its standard policy.
“In fact, the University has been actively investigating this horrendous situation from the outset,” Chernak said. “Campus police have increased patrols of Mitchell Hall, site of the repeated incidents, and we are taking every conceivable step to identify the person or persons responsible.”
University President Steven Knapp told The Hatchet Wednesday that University Police Department officers were capable to handle the investigation and the Metropolitan Police Department was not involved.
Chernak also said the University offered freshman Sarah Marshak, the target of most of the swastikas, full protection by UPD officers and the opportunity to move her into a new residence hall.
The first swastika was found on Marshak’s door Oct. 23. The symbol has since been found on a door in Potomac House and on a fence by the GW Hospital.
Knapp will speak to the community at Hillel 6:30 p.m. Friday.
In the news release, Chernak said he has full faith in those investigating the string of vandalism.
“We have no tolerance for acts that threaten or vilify our students or any members of our community,” Chernak wrote in the release. “I remain confident that such acts do not represent the sentiments of our student body and the university community as whole.”
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