Campus police at the University of Maryland are investigating two possible hate crimes, anti-Semitic graffiti and a noose that was found hanging in an under renovation, school officials said.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Wallace Loh, the university president, sent an e-mail to students and staff Wednesday about the incidents on the College Park campus. The e-mail said the school was investigating “two incidents of bias and hate.”
Loh wrote that anti-Semitic messages was discovered in an elevator in an academic building and that a noose was found hanging at another location at the College Park campus. The discoveries were made two days apart, and a campus police spokesman told the Sun that investigators believe they are unconnected.
“These incidents are abhorrent,” Loh wrote in the e-mail, which has been published on the online text storage Web site Pastbin.com. “The University of Maryland does not tolerate hate or bias in any form.”
According to Loh, hate and bias incidents have declined 85 percent in the last nine years, from 33 reported incidents in 2003 to five in 2011.
But “even one incident is too many,” he wrote.
Read the full report at BaltimoreSun.com.