Letter from the president

I am writing to update the community on an incident that occurred in West Hall on the evening of Sunday, April 8, when an RA discovered the outline of a Swastika on a window in one of the lounges.

University Police are actively investigating this incident and encourage anyone with information to come forward.

This discovery is deeply disturbing, especially given the rise in racism and anti-Semitism that has occurred nationally, including on our own campus last semester. As you know, Framingham State condemns all forms of racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry.

As a community, we recognize that the University’s success is dependent on how well we value, engage, and include the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni.

On Monday, productive floor and building meetings were held with members of West Hall to explain what happened, denounce the behavior, seek assistance in determining the person responsible and review the resources available to students on campus.

These resources include University Police, the Center for Inclusive Excellence, the Health and Wellness Center and the Bias Education Response Team (BERT).

In addition to our investigation of this incident, University Police continue to actively investigate the incidents of racism that occurred last semester.

Unfortunately, a fingerprint analysis performed by the Massachusetts State Police did not produce any conclusive results. An outside agency working on the handprint analysis has also not been able to determine the parties responsible.

Regardless, we refuse to give up on our efforts to find the person(s) who brought this hatred into our community and hold them accountable.

It is absolutely crucial that anyone with information come forward and share it with police by calling 508-626-4911.

You can do this anonymously by using the FSU tip line by texting to 67283, and in the beginning of your message typing “FSUTIP” followed by a space and then your message.

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