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In Response to Anti-Semitic Messages in the Free Expression Tunnel

On Monday, May 6, several anti-Semitic images, including a swastika, were spray painted in the NC State Free Expression Tunnel.

This type of hateful expression does not reflect the values of our university, and we condemn it. Whenever people target others in order to instigate hatred and bigotry, we will stand up to reinforce the true values of our community, and to protect those impacted.

The Free Expression Tunnel is a place on our campus where we allow for such expression, even if we are not in support of it. However, these specific acts take on additional weight because they occurred on the heels of several other acts of hatred and violence against the Jewish community, such as the murders at Tree of Life Synagogue and the Chabad of Poway Synagogue.

We are proud to say that, as of Monday afternoon, NC State students proactively painted over these images, demonstrating the power of our community voice. And, NC State continues to respond by providing support and resources to members of our community who were impacted.

We strive to ensure our campus environment is inclusive, welcoming, safe and supportive, and incidents like this are challenging and frustrating to those efforts. Know that we stand with you, and that we’re always here to help.

Peace to all,

Sheri L. Schwab, J.D., M.Ed., ‘97
Interim Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
NC State University