Swastikas at Stanford University investigated as hate crime


Someone painted swastikas and a pentagram on the Stanford University campus over the weekend in what university officials are calling a hate crime.

Students discovered the Nazi symbol and pentagram early Sunday at several student residences, including the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Casa Italiana.

The campus has recently been debating anti-Semitism after the undergraduate student Senate in February took a position favoring divestment from “corporations identified as complicit in human rights abuses in Israel and Palestine” and recently questioned a Jewish student senator about her views on divestment.

The Stanford Review newspaper quoted the student who found the swastikas — identifying him only as the president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity — as saying, “We have no reason to believe this was targeted toward any particular Jewish student in SAE.”

Hennessy said the incident “will be fully investigated, both by campus police and by the university under our Acts of Intolerance Protocol.”