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New Jersey: University investigating anti-Muslim graffiti in student center

8 February 2013 General No Comment Email This Post Email This Post
Students take a tour of Montclair State University.

Students take a tour of Montclair State University.

By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger

MONTCLAIR — Montclair State University is investigating a bias incident in which someone drew a picture of planes hitting the World Trade Center on the door of a Muslim student group’s headquarters, campus officials said today.

The graffiti was found Monday outside the Office of the Muslim Student Association in the student center, said Suzanne Bronski, a campus spokeswoman.

“The university police immediately launched a full investigation, which is continuing, and the university’s Bias Response Team was appropriately alerted and has been involved,” university officials said in a statement.

Montclair State has a history of bias graffiti incidents on its 18,000-student campus. In 2011 and 2012, graffiti and notes with anti-gay messages were found in and near the school’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center.

In 2004, a Montclair State freshman was charged with a bias crime for allegedly scrawling swastikas and racist graffiti in a campus dormitory.

University officials said they also consider this week’s graffiti incident a criminal act.

“Actions of this kind are a blatant violation of university policies and are considered abhorrent and unacceptable in a campus community that values its diverse constituencies and strives to create a supportive environment for all students, staff, faculty and guests,” the university’s statement said. “Since a bias incident is a criminal act, anyone found responsible for such actions will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

On Thursday, the university held a Day of Unity, a series of campus-wide events aimed at combating bias, prejudice and hate, Bronski said.

Original post: New Jersey: University investigating anti-Muslim graffiti in student center

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