AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB)–Governor Cuomo is directing the State Police Hate Crime Task Force to assist in the investigation into hateful slurs found at the University of Buffalo.
Cuomo says he’s disgusted by another incident of hateful graffiti found. This report comes after similar incidents were reported at Syracuse University.
According to the governor, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs were found on campus.
“In New York, there is no place for hate, and we will continue to rise up and condemn every cowardly act, anywhere it appears that targets and threatens people because of their race, religion or sexual orientation,” Cuomo added.
University of Buffalo officials say University Police are investigating the hateful graffiti found in a bathroom stall in Knox Hall on the school’s North Campus in Amherst.
They consider this incident to be a random act and say this is a rare occurrence at UB.
University facility crews removed the graffiti immediately after it was reported, according to the university.
The school responded to the incident this evening saying:
Racist and discriminatory behaviors and conduct have no place at the University at Buffalo and will not be tolerated. Whenever acts motivated by hatred or discrimination occur, the university will respond promptly to protect the safety and well-being of the entire university community.
Diversity, inclusion and mutual respect are strongly held values of our university. We are committed to upholding these values at all times.”
Members of the University community received a message from UB President Satish Tripathi that started off saying, “racism and hatred will not be tolerated in our university.”
Tripathi says UB is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and safe environment for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other campus visitors. He added that it appears this was an isolated incident.
Read his full statement below:
Dear University Community,
This afternoon, University Police responded to a report of anti-Semitic, racist, and homophobic graffiti found on a Knox Hall bathroom stall. I want to state in the most unambiguous terms, racism and hatred will not be tolerated in our university.
Acts spurred by bigotry, racism and hatred will always be responded to swiftly at UB to protect the safety and well-being of our entire university community. As soon as this abhorrent act was reported, our University Police responded and our University Facilities immediately worked to remove this hateful graffiti. Our University Police are actively investigating this incident and the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force has offered their assistance in this investigation.
As I have consistently stated and I will state again, UB is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and other campus visitors. It is who we are at UB; it is how we identify as a university community. At UB, our educational environment must be defined by respect, acceptance, and inclusion of all members of our university community.
I believe that this deplorable act is not indicative of who we are as a university community. And, this appears to be an isolated incident. Regardless, together we must seek to cultivate and nurture an environment where racism, intolerance and hatred are rendered extinct.Satish K. Tripathi, UB President
Police are unaware of the date and time of the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact University Police at 716-645-2227 or email email@example.com.