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Three Jewish students at the University of Denver (DU) were targeted by antisemitic acts this week.

According to the StopAntisemitism advocacy organization, two students had their mezuzahs ripped from their dorm room doors, with one scroll ripped out and dropped in a stairwell and the other not found. A third student had their mezuzah torn off and also found pork products glued to their door and left outside their room.

“We are sickened to learn what happened at the University of Denver,” StopAntisemitism tweeted.

“Antisemitism is skyrocketing in the US, specifically on university campuses. Often times, administrations attempt to brush these types of incidents under the rug,” they said. “We need to ensure that doesn't happen and a full investigation happens.”

The incidents occurred at the university’s Johnson-McFarlane Hall and Nigel Hall, according to 9News.

They were denounced by DU Hillel in an Instagram post.

Describing being “shocked and angry” to learn of the targeting of Jewish students, DU Hillel noted that “small acts of hate lead to bigger ones and make life unsafe for all students.”

“DU adminsitrators, campus safety, faculty staff, and the Denver police are involved appropriately,” they said. “DU Hillel is here for students to be heard and supported as we lead conversations with allies to assure students feel safe now and in the future. Stand up for your Jewish friends and do not be a bystander.”

DU released a statement in response the antisemitic vandalism signed by Provost Mary Clark and other senior administrators.

"We're writing to share with you a note that was shared with our student body last night regarding a number of antisemitic incidents that have occurred at DU in the last several days. We stand together in deploring these acts and in committing ourselves to promoting a warm, welcoming campus in which all community members can thrive,” the officials said.