Vanderbilt University Police are investigating an act of “anti-Semitic graffiti” found by a student at Central Library, school officials said Tuesday.
According to officials, the student “discovered anti-Semitic comments and a swastika drawn in ink on a study carrel.” The graffiti has since been removed.
Officials say they are currently investigating the incident but they do not know when the vandalism occurred or have any potential suspects.
“As we have stated previously, Vanderbilt University is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff,” a university representative said. “We wholeheartedly reject anti-Semitism and its symbols, and the abhorrent ideology associated with this act of vandalism has no place on our campus. Vanderbilt does not tolerate language or actions that are bigoted or intended to intimidate anyone in our community. We remain deeply committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
The university has also shared the contents of their investigation with Metro Police, the Tennessee Fusion Center and the FBI.
“Any member of the Vanderbilt community found responsible for this act would be subject to respective immediate disciplinary procedures: for students, through Student Accountability; for faculty, under Faculty Manual procedures; for staff, by HR policies,” the school said in a release. “Law enforcement officials will pursue any appropriate criminal prosecution.”
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