Two Beloit College students were the target of hate crimes this weekend. An anti-Semitic note was placed under a student’s door in a Beloit College residence hall on Jan. 27, 2017. On Jan.30, an anti-Muslim threat was spray painted on a different student's residence hall door and an offensive symbol was painted on a nearby wall.
Both events are currently under investigation by the Beloit Police Department. Immediately following the first event, the college increased the number of security staff on duty, increased their patrol of the residential side of campus, and added restrictions to residence hall entry access. Additional security cameras are being installed on campus.
Beyond the multiple, immediate actions to ensure their safety, all students, as well as faculty, staff, parents and guardians, received email messages about the hate crime and the college’s current and planned responses. The Beloit community will be gathering at an event today to take a first step towards harnessing some of the collective strength and wisdom we can draw from each other. Students are encouraged to reach out to resident assistants, residence life staff, faculty and security for support.
Beloit College continues to actively pursue inclusivity and anti-racist goals to make sure that all members of our community are safe and their voices are heard. We deeply value and respect our students and all of the members of the Beloit community. Behavior like this does not define Beloit. It is completely antithetical to all the Beloit community stands for and will not be tolerated.