Northwestern University

FBI Agents Meet With Northwestern University Over Racist, Anti-Semitic Graffiti

In the most recent incident, a swastika was carved in dirt on a window at a university building

Officials at Northwestern University in Evanston have reached out to the FBI concerning racist and anti-Semitic graffiti that has appeared on campus over the last few months.

"At the request of Northwestern University, two of our agents met with administrators to discuss recent graffiti incidents on campus," Joan Hyde, a media spokesperson for the FBI, said in a statement.

The most recent graffiti incident occurred at one of the buildings at the university. On June 19, security officials at the school found a swastika and other offensive images carved in dust on a window at Ryan Field, where the school held its graduation ceremony later that day.

The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, according to Alan Cubbage, a spokesperson at Northwestern.

"It was with great disappointment and pain when I heard that once again someone placed a Swatstika and racial statements at the football stadium the morning before commencement," Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein, the executive director of Northwestern's Chabad center, said. "This statement of hate has no place at Northwestern University.

The first incidents were reported in April in a bathroom and near an elevator in the University Library. According to the American Jewish Committee in Chicago, a swastika was found alongside hateful comments about African-Americans.

Another incident occurred on June 8 when racist and anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted at a construction site for the new Kellogg School of Management.

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