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Chancellor condemns weekend spree of slur, burglaries, vandalism

8.28.2013

By Dateline staff

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi sent an email Tuesday (Aug. 27) condemning “senseless acts” on the campus last weekend: a racial slur written on a chalkboard in Dutton Hall, and a half-dozen cases of burglary and vandalism including 31 broken windows.

Police had not made any arrests and were continuing to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to contact UC Davis police by telephone, (530) 754-COPS, or by using this online contact form.

“I am incensed and at the same time, heartbroken, that this occurred this week in particular — a week where we acknowledge one of the greatest moments in American civil rights history; a week where President Obama will stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and acknowledge the place and the moment where America marched for freedom,” the chancellor wrote. Read her entire message.

The chancellor cited the Principles of Community, in which “we reject all manifestations of discrimination and affirm the inherent dignity in all of us,” and added: “It has been said before, and I again repeat, no act of hate will be tolerated at UC Davis.”

A Campus Crime Alert Bulletin issued Aug. 26 stated: “Unknown suspect(s) broke windows in buildings and vehicles. Suspect(s) gained entry into some buildings, causing further damage inside.”

The bulletin listed these locations: Dutton, South and Sproul halls; the buildings that house the Educational Opportunity Program and the School of Education; University House (Services for International Students and Scholars); TB9 (Ceramics Facility); Aggie Village; and the arboretum.

Katehi reassured the campus community that “safety is our greatest concern.” She said Ralph J. Hexter, provost and executive vice chancellor, and Adela de la Torre, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, would provide more information when it became available, “and they will also be ready to respond to your concerns or questions.”


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