Swastikas were drawn on the doors of two students at Georgia College & State University earlier this week, which is now under investigation by police with the GC Public Safety Department.
That particular incident was immediately confirmed by college officials shortly after they received an email from The Union-Recorder seeking information Friday afternoon.
Brittiny Johnson, director of public affairs at GC, confirmed that incident, as well as another one that took place off-campus.
“Earlier this week, two students from our residence halls had a swastika drawn on the doors of their residence hall,” Johnson told the newspaper via email. “In addition, an off-campus resident in Milledgeville reported that the words, white power, were written in dust on a vehicle.”
Johnson said GCSU immediately called for an investigation of the incidents from police with the GCSU Public Safety Department.
In addition, Johnson said appropriate student support services were provided from various officers on campus, including counseling from those with the Resident Life and Care Team.
Since then, Dr. Steve M. Dorman, president of GCSU, has publicly condemned what he called “despicable acts.”
In his comments, Dorman said he and other university officials had been aware of several incidents of what he described as “hate-related graffiti” on campus, as well as within the community.
“Let me add my voice in strongly condemning these despicable acts,” Dorman said. “They are not In keeping with our shared values of reason, respect, and responsibility. Our campus must be a place that is welcoming and inclusive for all. I call on all of us to create an environment that is safe and inviting for all members of our community.”
Dorman said the unfortunate incidents that have taken place remain under investigation by police and that any such acts would be investigated by officers with the GCSU Public Safety Department.
The university president also urged anyone with information about any of the incidents that had taken place or anyone with additional concerns to call the GCSU Public Safety Department at 478-445-4400; or the Georgia College Office of Inclusive Excellence at 478-445-4233.
Students, meanwhile, can call the university’s counseling services at 478-445-5331.