University of Oregon leaders reacted with concern and disappointment following the discovery on Thursday that doors leading to the Native American Student Union, the Vietnamese Student Union and Black Women of Achievement had been vandalized.
UO President Michael Gottfredson and Vice President for Student Affairs Robin Holmes surveyed the damage Thursday afternoon. Holmes and Yvette Alex-Assensoh, the UO's vice president for Equity and Inclusion, sent a message to faculty, staff and students that said university leaders are "shocked and saddened that events like that can happen on our campus."
The UO Police Department is investigating the vandalism incident, which left apparent slash marks on doors to the EMU offices of three student organizations that represent minority groups on campus. The vandal or vandals also tore down several posters near the Native American Student Union office.
The motivation for the acts has not yet been determined, and it is not known if the perpetrator or perpetrators are affiliated with the university.
No one was injured in the incident, but Alex-Assensoh and Holmes said in their message that some students were shaken by what they called an "uncivil" situation.
"As a community of scholars, we are committed to civility and welcoming all of our students," the message said. "We are also committed to values of understanding, inclusion and mutual respect. That is why such uncivil acts have no place of abode in our midst."
Staff members at the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence – an affiliate unit of Office of Equity and Inclusion – have reached out, along with the offices of the Dean of Students and Undergraduate Studies to student leaders of the affected organizations.
"We also want to add that such sad incidents go a long way to remind us of the importance of honoring and treasuring one another," the message to campus said. "We urge everyone to cooperate and act responsibly."
Anyone with information about the incidents is urged to contact the UOPD at 541-346-2919.