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Stanford investigating after swastikas and Hitler image left on Jewish student’s door

Stanford University is condemning an anti-Semitic incident on campus in which a swastika and Adolf Hitler-like image were left on a student’s dorm door.

The school said in a letter to students that the photos were found on whiteboards pasted to the door Friday morning, which the Stanford administration described as “shameless threats to a student.” The campus public safety department is investigating this as a hate crime.

The school also posted a notice on its Protected Identity harm site, where incidents of hateful and discriminatory conduct can be reported.

“Intentionally intimidating and threatening people based on protected identities is contrary to Stanford’s values,” the notice said. “Antisemitism and other acts of hatred and intolerance are unacceptable on this campus.”

The school urged anyone with information about a possible perpetrator to contact Public Safety.

A men’s bathroom stall in a campus building was similarly defaced with antisemitic images a week before the dorm door incident. The school reported that it found a swastika with “KKK” in the wall of a handicap stall on March 3.

And days before that, on February 28, a separate restroom stall was vandalized with several swastikas, the N-word and the letters “KKK”, the school said.

Stanford said both incidents were considered hate crimes under California law.

“Vandalism of property with words specifically intended to intimidate and intimidate individuals (particularly the Black and Jewish communities in this case) is contrary to Stanford’s values,” the school’s statement said. “This is absolutely unacceptable in our community.”

The university has been able to identify a perpetrator in those incidents.



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