Graffitied hate-speech found in residence halls

Six incidences of ‘racist graffiti’ reported this semester

Campus Living reported “racist graffiti” found in both Goodyear and Spaulding residence halls.

The racist graffiti in question is a combination of “racial slurs” directed at African Americans and “hate images” like swastikas, said UPD Chief Deputy Joshua Sticht.

The incidents in Goodyear and Spaulding were reported on March 1 and March 4, respectively, and are the fifth and sixth incidences of racist-graffiti this semester, according to Sticht.

The perpetrator of the crime, if caught, could face charges of criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, on top of being referred to Student Conduct and Advocacy.

There has been an increase in reported acts of racist graffiti in UB’s residence halls, wrote Elizabeth Lidano, interim director of Campus Living, in a residence-wide email sent on Wednesday.

“I want to assure you that words and actions meant to hurt and discriminate have no place on our campus. We condemn these individuals' actions and are committed to doing everything we can to stop them,” Lidano said.

UPD is currently investigating the case and is looking for anyone with information to contact them at 645-2222.

Students concerned about hate-speech on campus can contact The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for support and one-on-one meetings.

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