Anti-Semitic vandalism under investigation

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Vanderbilt University Police responded to a report of anti-Semitic vandalism in a Furman Hall classroom – a swastika carved into the back of a classroom chair. The symbol has been removed and VUPD is investigating the incident. At this point it is unclear whether the vandalism is a recent act or one that occurred some time ago. Per their protocol regarding incidents of hate, VUPD has made Metro Nashville Police Department, the Tennessee Fusion Center and the FBI aware of the incident.

Vanderbilt University is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. Vanderbilt does not tolerate language or actions that are racist and intended to promote fear or division within our community. We recognize that incidents like this have become all too common in this country and remain steadfast in our commitment to creating 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.


Statement from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos regarding the incident

 We wholeheartedly reject anti-Semitism and its symbols, such as the example found on Vanderbilt’s campus today. The abhorrent ideology associated with this act of vandalism has no place here. We are investigating the incident and remain committed to building a safe and inclusive environment for all.