Statement regarding swastikas found in elevator at Ole Miss

Published 12:50 pm Saturday, November 12, 2016

University of Mississippi

Reports of images of swastikas found in a Residential College South elevator have been made to the University of Mississippi Department of Student Housing, the University of Mississippi announced in a statement released Friday (Nov. 11). Following a review of surveillance footage, authorities have identified a potential suspect and the student has been referred to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct.

“We’re aware of this incident and we’re allocating every resource available within our department to address this situation,” said Lionel Maten, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and director of student housing. “Our top priority is the safety of our residents and maintaining an inclusive, healthy community conducive to the learning experience.”

As a community committed to our UM Creed and the success of our students and staff, we do not condone acts of bias and intolerance. This racist, anti-semitic symbol has no place at UM.

As Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter noted in his statement to the campus community earlier this week, “The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our top priority. We will not tolerate violent or threatening behavior.”

We encourage all residents to report incidents to the proper authorities. Any time a community member is fearful or needs immediate support, contact the University Police Department at 662-915-7234. To report a bias incident, which includes conduct, speech or expressions that are threatening, harassing, intimidating, discriminatory, or hostile and are motivated by a person’s identity or group affiliation, please complete a Bias Incident Report Form.