UCD chief condemns vandalism, racial slur

Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 - 8:02 am

UC Davis' chancellor condemned a suspected hate crime on campus that included a weekend vandalism spree and a racial slur scrawled on a chalk board.

"No act of hate will be tolerated at UC Davis," Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi wrote in a statement to the campus this week.

Vandals on Sunday morning struck seven campus buildings including Dutton and Sproul halls, smashing more than 30 windows and also breaking windows of several parked cars, said University of California, Davis, officials.

Vandals also wrote a racial slur on a Dutton Hall chalkboard, officials said.

Dutton Hall houses a number of campus offices including financial aid, student judicial affairs, and the transfer, re-entry and veterans center.

Police are investigating the Sunday morning incidents as a hate crime, said Andy Fell, a UC Davis spokesman.

Katehi said in her message to the campus that she was angered and saddened by the acts, particularly in light of Wednesday's 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

The home of UC Davis' law school, King Hall, is named in honor of the slain civil rights leader.

"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," Katehi wrote.

Campus officials are asking anyone with information to call UC Davis police at (530)752-2677 or visit http://police.ucdavis.edu/contact-info.

Call The Bee's Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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