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The Vanderbilt University Police Department (VUPD) is investigating after an antisemitic symbol and other offensive statements were found on the outside of the Blair School of Music.

The incident was confirmed by Vice Provost and Dean of Students G.L. Black and Vice Chancellor for Outreach, Inclusion and Belonging André L. Churchwell in an April 1 email.

The university said that if the individual responsible for the graffiti was a student or staff member they will face disciplinary actions, according to campus newspaper The Vanderbilt Hustler. They also plan to press charges.

Vanderbilt’s regulations governing behavior give the school the ability to punish students regardless of whether acts of discrimination directly violate university policy.

“Language and actions intended to promote fear or division at Vanderbilt will not be tolerated as we continue, as a community, to foster a welcoming, affirming and inclusive environment for all,” the email said.

Vanderbilt Hillel President Carly Stewart said the incident was part of a trend of antisemitic acts occurring in the Nashville area where the university is located.

“I think it is important that Vanderbilt continues to affirm its support for affected communities. Vanderbilt should also investigate the incident thoroughly to hopefully find the perpetrators,” Stewart told the news outlet. “Hatred has no place on our campus, and we hope that the Vanderbilt community will come together to support affected students.”

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