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Vandalism Outside of Student Study Space

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 (Photo by UPD Officer Myra Lewis via @StanStateUPD on Instagram)

During the start of the week, Nov. 14, the CSU Stanislaus University Police Department (UPD) handled an issue of vandalism outside Demergasso-Bava Hall, in specific near a study area for students. 

The vandalism included a swastika and the letters of KKK in red paint on the concrete ground. 

Fatima Sanchez (senior, Liberal Studies) expressed her disappointment in the vandalism.
“I think our campus is really pretty and for it to be vandalized like that is just disrespectful,” she said.  
Kevin Alkhas (senior, English) says he isn’t worried for his safety over the incident, but found it disturbing.
“I think the vandalism showcases that people either have way too much hate in their hearts, or there is a lack of education pertaining to racist symbolism,” he said.”
After documentation and action, the paint was removed to ensure Stan State’s policy of wellbeing. 
Students and staff were sent an informative email, reporting the incident so all campus communities are aware the transgression.
The University Police Department has 14 fully trained officers on staff as well as numerous employees to assist in distress and harm.
Dylan Rosenow (junior, English) shared how he feels about the situation.
“I feel as though vandalism here at Stan shows that antisemitism and racist ideals can truly appear anywhere It feels as though it is an attack on Stan’s image, but by quickly resolving the vandalism, it solidifies Stan’s stance on such ideals,” he said.  
After identifying a 15-year old juvenile suspect with the help of the Turlock Police Department, UPD found the juvenile, who, when presented with security video, admitted to the vandalism.
In a campus wide email that went out on Wednesday, UPD stated, “The University Police Department has zero tolerance for hate crimes and related types of incidents, and this incident has been forwarded to Stanislaus Juvenile Probation for appropriate adjudication.”
Derek Baker (junior, Liberal Studies) also expressed his concern about the vandalism.
“I find it disrespectful and very immature that students or individuals would vandalize the campus,” he said. “I believe that the campus security can do their job and keep this from happening again.” 

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