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Antisemitic Messaging Found at Cleveland State University

An antisemitic message was discovered and removed from Cleveland State University’s Union Building Sept. 21, according to a Sept. 22 letter to the campus community.

The message was written on the outside of the building, which houses the Counseling Center and other services above Rascal House at 1836 Euclid Ave.

“And though the University acted swiftly to remove the offensive graffiti as soon as it came to our attention, we fully understand that this abhorrent language likely has already affected members of our community in different ways,” the letter, signed by Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for campus engagement and chief diversity officer, stated. “Cleveland State University strongly condemns this type of unacceptable behavior. We embrace and support a culture of diversity and inclusion – and as a community of scholars (and human beings), we expect our students, faculty, staff and visitors to treat everyone with dignity and respect.”

Early this year in February, an antisemitic racial slur was found on a community bulletin board in Fenn Tower, one of the downtown campus’ residence hall. The university sent out a similar letter outlining the consequences and the support resources available to staff and students.

The Sept. 22 letter stated students found responsible for destruction or defacement of property could face criminal charges and be sanctioned under the student code of conduct. Non-students could be charged with vandalism by CSU Police.

The Office of Institutional Equity is currently investigating the incident.

“By working together, we can help ensure all members of our community feel respected, valued and safe,” the letter concluded.

Source: https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/local_news/antisemitic-message-found-removed-at-cleveland-state/article_97803bbe-5977-11ee-b973-8bb07c89ea8c.html