President Hutchinson shared the following statement with the campus community on Tuesday, February 15.
Late Friday afternoon, racist and disturbing graffiti was found in the Chestnut Street parking structure on the vehicle of one of our colleagues of color. Yesterday, racist graffiti was found on a student’s car in a parking lot off of Warner Street. I am outraged that members of our BIPOC community have been targeted and continue to have their safety threatened by these acts. Let me be clear, these cowardly and abhorrent acts are hate crimes. I want our BIPOC community to know that hate will not be tolerated and we must all work together to stop it.
University Police is actively working to find the persons responsible and hold them accountable. However, we need your help. I’m asking our Chico State community to rally together in support of people targeted by hate. If you see individuals writing hateful graffiti or hear anything about these recent incidents, please contact UPD immediately at 530-898-5555 or submit an anonymous tip.
Finally, if you need support as a result of these disturbing incidents, please reach out to the campus services that are here to support you, including the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, and the WellCat Counseling Center.