Anti-Semitic vandalism discovered at U. of Maryland

(JTA) — The president of the University of Maryland announced in a letter to the campus community that two incidents of hate, one anti-Semitic, were discovered on campus.

An elevator in an academic building was vandalized with anti-Semitic messages and a noose was discovered hanging in a building under renovation at the University of Maryland, College Park, university president Wallace Loh said.

“These incidents are abhorrent. The University of Maryland does not tolerate hate or bias in any form. And, it is the right of all members of our community to work and live in an environment in which they feel safe, respected, and included,” Loh wrote in the letter dated Wednesday.

The incidents were discovered “very recently,” Loh said. He also said that though incidents of campus bias have declined 85 percent to five in 2001, “even one incident is too many.”

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