Rowan University campus police are investigating after a racial slur was found on the door of a dormitory on campus.
A black student found the insult scrawled on the entrance to her room at Holly Pointe Commons on Saturday. It was written on a decoration she had placed on her door.
Holly Pointe is the dorm primarily used by freshmen at Rowan. NJ.com reports that the victim is the only black student on this floor of the accommodation. The website quotes the victim’s sister as saying the university was slow to respond to the incident.
It is deeply disturbing every time one of ours faces a horrific and racist act on campus. This goes against everything we strive for here at Rowan and will not be tolerated. – Ali A. Houshmand, President of Rowan University
Rowan police are not commenting on their investigation, but university president Ali A. Houshmand released a statement on Rowan’s website confirming the incident.
“I assure you that the incident is under active investigation by a police detective from our Department of Public Safety and the Office of the Dean of Students,” Houshmand wrote, “when apprehended, l perpetrator will be subject to disciplinary and/or legal action.”
Houshmand did not say if they had any suspects or if they suspected a classmate.
He strongly condemned racism, writing: “None of us should take this incident lightly. When hateful actions affect one person, they affect all of us. It is important that we stand together. If you hear insults discrimination, speak up. If you see racist behavior, report it. Stand up. Speak up. Don’t be a passive observer.”
Rowan is making advice available to any student who may have been “triggered” by the incident.
Counselors and psychologists are available at the walk-in University Wellness Center between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Counselors are also available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: 856-256-4333.
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