UIndy investigating after swastika found on campus

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — University of Indianapolis officials are investigating after a swastika was found on campus.

According to the school, the racist emblem was found on the wall of one of their campus residence halls.

The students who were living in the dorm room are Jewish-Israeli students. UIndy said those who may have been affected by the incident have been provided with other accommodations as the university’s immediate concern was to protect students.

“I just think people think that they are superior to others and everybody is equal and they should be treated equally. It is just gross,” says student Bianca Vergara.

Additionally, the university has said they will begin looking into any and all individuals who may have access to those rooms, including any outside organizations who rented the housing facility.

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UIndy also says they’ve been working in contact and working with the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council.

The school released a statement that said in part:

We are saddened and angered by this act of hate and bigotry. Although we do not yet know the source of this anti-Semitic act, we should all be reminded that the University of Indianapolis is a welcoming and inclusive environment, denounces actions such as these, and does not tolerate anti-Semitic actions or any behavior that is aligned with ideologies that promote hate. We will not condone any behavior that impedes our efforts at creating an environment founded on the principles of equity and inclusion.  

Students say they feel uncomfortable knowing whoever did this could be close to them. “You could be walking by this person that feels so much hate for you and you don’t even know it,” says Vergara.

The timing of this incident could not have been worse for students who were already on edge. “I feel really unsafe lately especially with the shootings in Texas. And then finding out that something like this happened makes me feel really uncomfortable,” says Vergara.