Syracuse University

Racist Graffiti Now Grounds for Removal at Syracuse University

A series of biased incidents set off protests at the end of last semester and students have demanded administrators take action

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  • After a rash of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti on campus, Syracuse University has made biased vandalism grounds for immediate suspension
  • A series of biased incidents set off protests at the end of last semester and students have demanded administrators take action
  • A school official said that it is difficult to investigate graffiti incidents however, with many of the hateful messages found in bathrooms where privacy concerns prevent police monitoring.

Syracuse University has made biased vandalism grounds for immediate suspension and removal from campus following a rash of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti, an official announced on the college's website Thursday.

Rob Hradsky, vice president for the student experience, said "it has become clear that a few individuals are intent on dividing our community and spreading fear through racist, anti-Semitic and bigoted vandalism and graffiti. These acts are reprehensible."

A series of biased incidents set off protests at the end of last semester and students have demanded administrators take action. Hradsky said it's difficult to trace or investigate graffiti incidents, noting that several recent biased messages were found in bathrooms where privacy concerns prevent police monitoring.

An African American student at Syracuse University reported being called a racial slur over the weekend, prompting the college to suspend a fraternity Sunday and shut down social activities for all other fraternities for the rest of the semester pending an investigation.

He said accused students will be able to appeal their suspensions through the university's student conduct process, but they must remain off-campus during that process.

"We continue to investigate these cases vigorously with the support of the Syracuse Police, New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation," Hradsky said. "I implore you: If you see something, speak up."

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