Statement from Vanderbilt University regarding racial slur written in lecture hall

Vanderbilt University Police Department responded on Sunday, Oct. 28, to a report of a racial slur written on a chalkboard in a lecture hall. VUPD has been actively investigating the incident and has notified Metro Nashville Police Department, as well as the Tennessee Fusion Center and the FBI. At this time, there are no known suspects or connections to a specific organization or group.

Security camera footage has not been helpful in this case. Anyone with information on the matter is asked to contact VUPD.

Vanderbilt University is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, and to providing a welcoming and inclusive community. Vanderbilt does not tolerate language or actions that are racist and intended to create fear and division within our community.

Explore Story Topics