The University Police Department is investigating after Nazi symbols and inflammatory statements were found handwritten on signs and posters in JBKO Monday, according to a University statement.
UPD officers responded to the scene after a student reported multiple signs and posters defaced with “Nazi symbols and language and gender discrimination language” in public areas of the residence hall, according to the statement.
Officers removed the signs and launched an investigation, which is still ongoing. Police have found no evidence that the posters were meant to target one individual, according to the statement.
“This reprehensible behavior is inexcusable and will not be tolerated in our community,” officials said in the statement. “The University is committed to creating an inclusive, safe environment for our students, faculty and staff. Such acts are incompatible with the spirit of mutual respect that is essential to our life on our campus.”
Officials said in the statement that the incident is being classified as vandalism/defacing of property case and will be noted as a hate crime when the University releases its annual security report next September.
The statement was posted to the University’s website Tuesday evening and an email, signed by Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski and Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security Darrell Darnell, was sent to JBKO residents.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact UPD.