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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Anti-Semitic graffiti reported at Central Library

Comments and a swastika were reportedly drawn onto a carrel in the library
Jean and Alexander Heard Library (Photo credit John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

Anti-semitic graffiti was reported on a carrel in Central Library April 16, according to an email from the Dean of Students Office. VUPD is currently investigating the incident.

The graffiti consisted of anti-Semitic comments and a swastika, according to the email. The markings have since been removed. The full text of the email is included below:

Dear Vanderbilt Students,

On Tuesday, April 16, Vanderbilt University Police responded to a report of anti-Semitic graffiti at the Central Library. A student discovered anti-Semitic comments and a swastika drawn in ink on a study carrel. The graffiti has been removed. At this time, it is not known when the vandalism occurred, and no suspects have been identified. VUPD has opened an investigation and will share information with Metro Nashville Police Department, as well as the Tennessee Fusion Center and the FBI.

As we have stated previously, Vanderbilt University is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. 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.

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. Law enforcement officials will pursue any appropriate criminal prosecution.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact VUPD, Dean of Students Mark Bandas, Associate Dean of Students Frank Dobson, Vice Provost Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Vice Chancellor James Page or Provost Susan Wente.

Mark Bandas
Associate Provost and Dean of Students

Melissa Thomas-Hunt
Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence

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Rachel Friedman
Rachel Friedman, Former Editor in Chief
Rachel Friedman was a student in the College of Arts & Science who studied history and mathematics. Before serving as Editor in Chief, Rachel was the Campus Editor of The Hustler. You can reach her at [email protected].

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