WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A swastika and anti-Semitic slur were found on Purdue’s campus.
The messages were located outside an office for the American Studies Program. It was written on a whiteboard in Heavilon Hall. The incident was reported Monday morning.
University officials believe it happened sometime over the weekend.
Students News 18 talked to were disappointed to hear that a message like that was found on campus.
“My favorite part about Purdue is the inclusion and being around people that maybe you don’t necessarily spend time with in your hometown, wherever you’re from,” said Purdue junior Logan Miller. “That’s been one of the great parts for me, and knowing that people are doing things to maybe not make people feel welcome here is not what that’s about.”
Purdue senior Amy Barton agrees, “It definitely makes me feel angry that there are still ignorant people on this campus. Maybe they did it to just get a reaction, and they don’t actually believe in displaying a swastika.”
Dean for the College of Liberal Arts, David Reingold, sent an email to faculty and staff about the incident. He said a message like that has no place at Purdue University.
The following statement is the email Reingold released regarding the incident:
Yesterday, several of our colleagues came to the office to be confronted by a swastika and anti-Semitic slur written on a whiteboard in the American Studies Program. This type of hateful expression is repulsive and outside of the bounds of civil discourse. It has no place in the College of Liberal Arts and Purdue University.
I know firsthand the human cost of virulent hate. Many in my family died during the horrors of World War II. The College of Liberal Arts and Purdue University are committed to free and open inquiry, while embracing and respecting our differences. I ask that we re-double our efforts to ensure we live up to our commitment to each other and to this university by engaging in meaningful dialogue, analysis, criticism and creative activity.