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Anti-Semitic graffiti reported at Central Library

Comments and a swastika were reportedly drawn onto a carrel in the library

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Anti-Semitic graffiti reported at Central Library

(Photo credit John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

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(Photo credit John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

(Photo credit John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

Rachel Friedman, Campus Editor

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

Campus Resources for Students

Office of University Chaplain and Religious Life
615-322-2457

401 24th Avenue South

Dean of Students
615-322-6400
Sarratt Student Center, Suite 310
deanofstudents@vanderbilt.edu

Office of Inclusive Excellence 
615-343-3697
Kirkland Hall, 121
viceprovostmelissathomas-hunt@vanderbilt.edu

University Counseling Center
Drop-In Consultations at Multiple Campus Locations
615-322-2571 (during and after business hours)
2015 Terrace Place

Student Care Coordination
615-343-9355

Sarratt Student Center, Suite 100

Center for Student Wellbeing
615-322-0480

1211 Stevenson Center Lane

Inclusion Initiatives & Cultural Competence
UCC @ IICC Open Space, Mondays 2 to 3 p.m.
615-322-5089
Sarratt Student Center, Suite 335

Project Safe Center
Walk-ins welcome Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
615-322-7233 (24-Hour Hotline)
Cumberland (304) West Side Row

Women’s Center, Margaret Cuninggim
615-322-4843
Franklin (316) West Side Row

Black Cultural Center, Bishop Joseph Johnson
615-322-2524

Vanderbilt Place, Map

LGBTQI Life
615-322-3330
Euclid (312) West Side Row

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Rachel Friedman, Campus Editor

Rachel Friedman is a sophomore in the College of Arts & Science studying history and mathematics. You can reach her at rachel.f.friedman@vanderbilt.edu.

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