The Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina is working with the local police to investigate several incidents of swastika graffiti scrawled in its residence halls.
In a statement issued earlier this week, the university claimed that the symbols of hate were found on a “common space whiteboard” and the doors of students’ dormitories. The university also encouraged students with knowledge of the incidents to contact the campus police and the dean’s office, which will accept anonymous reports.
“Hate has no place here. We, as a Queens community, stand for fostering knowledge and cultivating relationships among people with different world views, championing the dignity of all people, and working together to create a more equitable present and future,” the university continued. “We hope you will join us in standing up for one another and for the larger Queens community.”
In a Facebook post, a university spokesperson said, “The images used are despicable and do not reflect or represent our institutional values. They are in violation of our Honor Code, and we denounce them. A full investigation is ongoing in partnership with law enforcement.”
As it stands, antisemitic hate crimes, including harassment and vandalism, more than doubled in North Carolina in 2021, rising 130%, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League.