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University of Rochester addresses antisemitic vandalism at the River Campus

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The University of Rochester announced they are investigating antisemitic graffiti on the campus.

According to UR, the graffiti was found last Friday written on the walls of the River Campus tunnels. The graffiti, which depicted swastikas and antisemitic language, was removed by the Department of Public Safety.

UR faculty, staff members, and students received a statement from the University about the vandalism. In part, they said:

“The tradition of tunnel painting is part of what makes Rochester a special place to live and study, and we are saddened that anyone would use the tunnels to express hatred. The goal of such vandalism is to intimidate other members of our community and to prevent them from feeling as if they can fully participate in the life of campus. As a community, we cannot allow that to happen.”

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call the university’s DPS number at (585)-275-3333.

Full Statement from the University of Rochester:

“To our University of Rochester Community, 

We want to inform you about the disturbing discovery of swastikas and antisemitic language written on the River Campus tunnel walls on Friday, February 2. Once reported to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), these harmful symbols and words were promptly removed.  The use of antisemitic symbols and language and other forms of hate will not be tolerated under any circumstances on University property.

The use of antisemitic symbols and language contradict our Meliora and ICARE values. Hateful acts such as these are blemishes on the fabric of this community. DPS is investigating and asks if you have any information about the vandalism or feel unsafe in any way to contact them at (585) 275-3333.

Historically, the tunnels have offered students a convenient way to travel through campus and to share news about activities and events and to express support for one another and the many cultures and identities that make up our community. The tradition of tunnel painting is part of what makes Rochester a special place to live and study, and we are saddened that anyone would use the tunnels to express hatred. The goal of such vandalism is to intimidate other members of our community and to prevent them from feeling as if they can fully participate in the life of campus. As a community, we cannot allow that to happen.

We welcome difficult discussions and debates about challenging topics on campus, but with the expectation that we will engage in such discussions with respect for one another and the viewpoints and experiences that each of us brings.

Hate speech and other harmful actions have no home at the University of Rochester.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The University of Rochester announced they are investigating antisemitic graffiti on the campus.

According to UR, the graffiti was found last Friday written on the walls of the River Campus tunnels. The graffiti, which depicted swastikas and antisemitic language, was removed by the Department of Public Safety.

UR faculty, staff members, and students received a statement from the University about the vandalism. In part, they said:

“The tradition of tunnel painting is part of what makes Rochester a special place to live and study, and we are saddened that anyone would use the tunnels to express hatred. The goal of such vandalism is to intimidate other members of our community and to prevent them from feeling as if they can fully participate in the life of campus. As a community, we cannot allow that to happen.”

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call the university’s DPS number at (585)-275-3333.

Full Statement from the University of Rochester:

“To our University of Rochester Community, 

We want to inform you about the disturbing discovery of swastikas and antisemitic language written on the River Campus tunnel walls on Friday, February 2. Once reported to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), these harmful symbols and words were promptly removed.  The use of antisemitic symbols and language and other forms of hate will not be tolerated under any circumstances on University property.

The use of antisemitic symbols and language contradict our Meliora and ICARE values. Hateful acts such as these are blemishes on the fabric of this community. DPS is investigating and asks if you have any information about the vandalism or feel unsafe in any way to contact them at (585) 275-3333.

Historically, the tunnels have offered students a convenient way to travel through campus and to share news about activities and events and to express support for one another and the many cultures and identities that make up our community. The tradition of tunnel painting is part of what makes Rochester a special place to live and study, and we are saddened that anyone would use the tunnels to express hatred. The goal of such vandalism is to intimidate other members of our community and to prevent them from feeling as if they can fully participate in the life of campus. As a community, we cannot allow that to happen.

We welcome difficult discussions and debates about challenging topics on campus, but with the expectation that we will engage in such discussions with respect for one another and the viewpoints and experiences that each of us brings.

Hate speech and other harmful actions have no home at the University of Rochester.” Read More Local NewsRochesterFirst  

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