Racist message written on UI student’s dorm door

The Old Capitol -- photo by Shannon
The Old Capitol — photo by Shannon

Early Wednesday morning the University of Iowa Housing & Dining staff was notified of a racist remark written on a student’s door at Burge Residence Hall, according to a statement sent out by university administrators and campus leaders.

An investigation is underway and the University of Iowa Police Department are asking that anyone with information regarding the incident contact them at (319) 335-5022.

“Hate speech does not reflect the values of our institution and will not be tolerated,” the statement read. “We are a caring community that values compassion, inclusion, respect and dignity. This is a time to come together in support of one another, remaining respectful in dialogue across our differences.”

This is not the first time a racial slurs have been an issue on the University of Iowa campus. In December 2015, a racist message was carved into a door in the Spence Laboratories. And again last month, fliers containing racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic messages were posted around the UI cultural and resource buildings and in a dorm.

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