Offensive graffiti on campus

To: UCSC Community

From: Chancellor George Blumenthal

Earlier today, campus officials became aware of offensive graffiti scrawled on a bathroom door in the Earth and Marine Sciences Building. The text and a racially charged image made clear reference to the noose that was found hanging from a light fixture on the UC San Diego campus on Friday.

This incident is deeply disturbing. I want to be clear: There is no place on this campus for racial intolerance or hate of any kind. To students and others who were subjected to this threatening message before it was removed, I want to apologize and offer my deepest assurance that I am committed to a zero-tolerance policy regarding racism at UCSC.

I have asked campus officers to begin an investigation in hopes of identifying the perpetrator(s). I encourage anyone with information about this deplorable incident to contact UCSC Police immediately at (831) 459-2231. Reports may also be made anonymously by calling 459-3TIP (459-3847) or submitted online.

In the meantime, this despicable act reminds all of us that there is more work to do as we strive to build a diverse community, firmly rooted in principles of equality and justice. Please join me in reaffirming that vision of our future and upholding our Principles of Community.

Related information:

In a message to all UCSC students, Student Affairs Vice Chancellor Felicia McGinty reaffirms UCSC's commitment to Principles of Community and an inclusive campus environment (February 23, 2010)

UC President Mark Yudof condemns the most recent incident at UC San Diego, saying such acts will not be tolerated on any University of California campus (February 26, 2010)

UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal and UC's other nine chancellors condemn "acts of racism, intolerance and incivility." (February 26, 2010)

UC President Mark Yudof and UC Regents Chairman Russell Gould met face to face with students concerned about recent incidents of intolerance at UC campuses and pledged to focus attention systemwide on strategies to prevent such acts. (March 1, 2010)