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SUNY Geneseo leaders hold meeting with students on racist graffiti

November 16, 2016 06:26 PM

Students and campus leaders are making a push for unity at SUNY Geneseo after racist graffiti was found on campus.

Last Friday, SUNY Geneseo University Police say an RA found a swastika with the word "Trump" on Nassau Residence Hall.

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Wednesday, campus leaders met with hundreds of students to address the recent acts of hate. They strongly condemned all forms of hate. They also reassured all students that despite the recent events, the campus embraces diversity. And that now, more than ever, the community should come together.

"You belong here, you should expect to feel safe in this community," says Interim Provost Paul Schacht.

Aside from the racist graffiti found, a number of Geneseo students have also received offensive text and voicemail messages about their race and religion.

College President Denise Battles says, "It is clear that many on our campus now feel unsettled, distressed, or even unsafe."

Campus leaders addressed these feelings and emphasize that there is no place for hate in SUNY Geneseo. Even in their classrooms, the college's staff is making sure everyone feels welcome.

"Recently, in my geology class, my professor stood up and let everyone know that this is a safe space and let every student know that they are welcome," says Jasmine Plummer, student. "I think that's very important for every professor, everyone here to do."

Students are happy to see that the college immediately took action. Moving forward, they are hoping they would never see acts of hate in their campus again.

"I think that people really just need to, if anything, band together now and get together and keep working," says Allison Norton, student.

Hate crime hotline: (888) 392-3644

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Nina Porciuncula

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