Dear Campus Community,
During Pride Month and on the eve of Juneteenth—on Thursday, June 18—a column at the entrance of Grainger Hall was graffitied with a Nazi swastika. The University of Wisconsin–Madison has condemned the use of this hateful symbol, which causes pain and harm to our UW–Madison community and runs contrary to our value of being a community where our students feel safe, welcome, and supported. Acts of hate are unacceptable and compound the marginalization of many of our students, faculty, and staff.
The Dean of Students Office, along with our Student Affairs partners, offers our support and resources to students who are impacted by this act of bias. Even though we are physically distant, we are here to support you. Racism is also public health issue, which can impact mental health and ability to cope. If you would like to talk to someone, providers at UHS Mental Health Services are available as well. You can also call the 24-hour crisis line at (608) 265-5600 (option 9).
University Police are investigating this incident, and UW Facilities Planning & Management removed the graffiti. UW–Madison responds to all reported incidents and may pursue disciplinary action if the behavior violates university policy, including the student conduct code. In this case, criminal charges may also apply. You can report an incident of hate or bias at doso.students.wisc.edu/bias-or-hate-reporting.
We want to reiterate that UW–Madison does not tolerate hate and violence. There is much work to be done, and we are committed to working with you to strive for racial justice and a community in which each of our students feel safe, welcome and included.
With care and concern,
Christina Olstad, Ed.D.
Dean of Students
Jake Baggott, MLS, FACHA, 1SG (Ret.)
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Executive Director of University Health Services