March 1, 2010 A message from Chancellor Blumenthal
Earlier today, campus officials became aware of offensive graffiti scrawled
on a bathroom door in the Earth and Marine Sciences Building. The text and a
racially charged image made clear reference to the noose that was found
hanging from a light fixture on the UC San Diego campus on Friday.
This incident is deeply disturbing. I want to be clear: There is no place on
this campus for racial intolerance or hate of any kind. To students and
others who were subjected to this threatening message before it was removed,
I want to apologize and offer my deepest assurance that I am committed to a
zero-tolerance policy regarding racism at UCSC.
I have asked campus officers to begin an investigation in hopes of
identifying the perpetrator(s). I encourage anyone with information about
this deplorable incident to contact UCSC Police immediately at (831)
459-2231. Reports may also be made anonymously by calling 459-3TIP
(459-3847) or submitted online <http://www2.ucsc.edu/police/crime.html>.
In the meantime, this despicable act reminds all of us that there is more
work to do as we strive to build a diverse community, firmly rooted in
principles of equality and justice. Please join me in reaffirming that
vision of our future and upholding our Principles of