University at Albany officials are investigating racist words written on the doors of a suite at Dutch Quad, a campus dormitory, this weekend, according to a UAlbany statement.
The college’s university police department were investigating the incident after being referred by the university’s Bias Incident Response Team, a team established to streamline the college’s response to reports of bias.
“The racists terms written on the doors of a Dutch Quad suite this weekend are reprehensible,” Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, UAlbany’s director of media and community relations said in a statement Monday.
The statement said college officials had reached out to the impacted students and that university police were working with the college’s residential life department to identify people responsible for the racist words. The statement also made clear that “targeted acts of harassment are illegal and a violation of the university’s code of conduct and will be aggressively investigated and punished.”
“Any act intended to make a member of our community feel less welcome, less safe or less a part of our campus fabric is an egregious violation of our core values as Great Danes,” Samuel Caldwell, UAlbany’s interim chief diversity officer posted on social media Monday morning.