Purdue police investigate hate crime after sign vandalized with racial slur, drawing

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Police at Purdue University are investigating a possible hate crime after a placard left by protesters on campus was vandalized Tuesday morning.

Authorities said the sign, which was displayed in front of Hovde Hall, was defaced with a racial slur and a stick figure drawing of a body hanging from a tree.

“Bigotry and hate are neither welcomed nor tolerated at Purdue University,” said Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University. “We welcome those who speak freely, in the open, and with respect for each individual. Without free discourse, we cannot fulfill our mission. There is no place at Purdue for those who act from hatred. If you recognize yourself in this last sentence, you are not welcome at Purdue.”

Dean of Students Danita Brown said her office also is investigating the action as a violation of the student code of conduct.

“If a student is involved, he or she will go through the university disciplinary process and could face expulsion if found responsible,” Brown said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Purdue Police Department at 765-494-8221 or the anonymous tip line at 765-496-3784.