Feb. 27 Hate Crime Timeline

Feb. 27 at 4:15 p.m. – A student in Towers Hall reported a “bias note” had been left beneath their door. At that time, FSUPD went room-to-room trying to locate witnesses. 

Feb. 27 at 8:14 p.m. – A student posted a picture of the note slipped underneath the door. It read, “Morir sp**k.” 

Feb. 27 at 10:39 p.m. – Meg Nowak, dean of students, sent a campus-wide email to inform students, faculty, and staff of the recent bias incident.

Feb. 27 at 11:03 p.m. – President F. Javier Cevallos sent an email condemning the actions of the perpetrator and urged students to reach out to campus police with information. 

Feb. 28 at 2:02 a.m. – Residence Hall director John Hurley sent an email to Towers residents informing students that “this incident targeted a specific person who has experienced problems with a person or persons over time and so it is not believed to be a random act.”

Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m. – Faculty gathered outside of McCarthy to protest the events of the previous day holding signs that read, “No Hate Here.”
Feb. 28 at 2:53 p.m. – Sgt. Martin Laughlin informs The Gatepost that the recent note is being investigated as a hate crime. 

Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. – A meeting in Towers was held for students to discuss the recent events and learn more about services on campus for reporting bias incidents. 

Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. – A meeting was held in Towers on the floor the incident occurred to brief the campus community about the investigation thus far and offer support to students. 

March 1 – Millie González, interim chief office of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement will be in the Center for Inclusive Excellence from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  to educate students about the Bias Education Response Team (BERT). 

March 4 at 4:30 p.m. – A campus-wide open forum will be held in the McCarthy Forum to address the recent racist note.