University of Missouri police are investigating another anti-Semitic incident on the Columbia campus.
According to campus police, someone wrote “Hitler rules” on a flier in Gateway Hall.
“We are angry to hear about yet another anti-Semitic incident in one of our residence halls over the weekend. This type of vandalism attacks everyone. Our core values — including that of Respect — must become more than words on paper or a banner,” said a statement from interim chancellor Hank Foley and interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity Chuck Henson.
“They are the foundation of who we desire to be as a campus community and the way we all need to conduct ourselves.”
The university has been struggling to shed an image of being steeped in racial turmoil, while lacking diversity and tolerance. This is the second time this school year an anti-Semitic incident was reported to have occurred on the campus. In October, police reported that someone used feces to draw a swastika on a restroom wall in Gateway Hall.
That October incident was among the student complaints of racial intolerance on the campus that in November fueled a student-led protest resulting in a student hunger strike, football players threatening to boycott a game and the resignation of the MU chancellor and the University of Missouri System president.
Maj. Brian Weimer said the latest incident was reported to police on Monday by residence life officials and is being investigated as a rules and regulations violation by the MU police along with the MU Office for Civil Rights and Title IX.
Weimer said it would be up to the Columbia prosecutor’s office to determine whether the person responsible committed a crime.
“In the meantime, we’ll continue to talk more about the importance of Respect in fostering a campus culture that enables all students to feel included and valued in our community,” the university statement said.
“We have made strides over the past few months with our inclusion efforts on campus, and we have no plans to stop,” said Christian Basi, MU spokesman. “Some of these efforts include a diversity orientation program for incoming students, training for faculty and staff, a lecture series open to the public and regular meetings with student leadership.
“We will continue our work moving Mizzou forward. We do anticipate this will be a long process, but we’re pleased with the steps we have taken.”