University of Wisconsin-La Crosse officials and police are investigating what they are calling a hate crime that occurred near campus.
In an email sent this afternoon, UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow said the incident involved vandalism and graffiti on the residence of several UW-L students of color. According to an image shared by Gow, someone scrawled “go home,” followed by a racial slur, on the front door of the residence in black marker.
Gow informed students and staff the university had reported the crime to the La Crosse Police Department, and the UW-L police will assist with the investigation. Gow asked anyone with information to contact police at 608-789-7200.
Gow said resources and support are available to the affected students. Leadership of Black Student Unity, a student organization on campus, said no statements would be made Wednesday as members of the group use the day to support on another.
“Hate crimes and incidents of bias and bigotry do not occur in isolation,” Gow wrote in the email. “They have a cumulative impact on people of color and other under-represented communities, and a toxic effect on our broader campus community. I hope that everyone here at UW-L will join me in denouncing this most recent hate crime and continuing to work to create a climate of inclusion and respect at UW-L.”