Racist and anti-Semitic fliers received on networked campus printers

To: UCSC Community

From:  Nader Oweis, UC Santa Cruz chief of police

On Thursday, March 24, 2016, the main housing office on Natural Bridges Drive and the Kresge College Academic Office reported to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department and campus Information Technology Services that they received racist and anti-semitic fliers on their networked campus printers. Similar fliers reportedly have been sent to printers at other UC campuses and universities nationwide.

The Washington Times has reported that a computer hacker has taken responsibility for this attack as a way to communicate a "political message" and not necessarily test the campus vulnerability to such attacks. Regardless of what the hacker claims his intentions to be, we are continuing to investigate this as a hate incident, and will be cooperating with other agencies, as appropriate.

A hate or bias motivated incident is an action taken by a person or group that is perceived to be malicious (hate) or discriminatory (bias) toward another person or group based on such characteristics such as race, color, socioeconomic class, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity, but may not rise to the level of a crime.

If you have received the flier, please report it immediately to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831.459.2231 ext. 1 and file a report online at reporthate.ucsc.edu/.

If you are ever a victim or witness to any hate or bias motivated crime or incident at UC Santa Cruz, please file a report immediately with the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at (831) 459-2231 ext. 1.
More information about campus policies regarding hate or bias motivated incidents can be found at http://reporthate.ucsc.edu/index.html.

For students, a range of support services is available through the Cowell Student Health Center, including personal counseling through Counseling and Psychological Services.

For employees, the Employee Assistance Program can provide personal counseling and support. More information can be found online.

Report all in-progress crimes by calling 911 from any landline or cell phone. Reports may also be made by using one of the many "blue light," emergency or elevator phones located throughout the campus, or in person at the UC Santa Cruz Police Department.