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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.