INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The University of Indianapolis president is denouncing offensive vandalism found on a campus statue.
President Robert Manuel sent an email to students Tuesday morning explaining that someone scratched a swastika on the bust of Au Ho-nien in the Schwitzer Student Center. Ho-nien’s paintings as well as the bust are on display as part of an exhibit in the building’s lower level.
“Such an act is against every core value on which our University stands; yet it reminds us we are not immune to intolerance and hate,” Manuel said in the email. “UIndy has not and will never tolerate such behavior.”
UIndy representatives said the bust has been taken off campus to be restored. They’re not sure if it was a student who committed the vandalism since the public has access to the building. They also don’t know exactly when the swastika was carved into the bust.