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Virginia Tech's statement on hate crime

September 27, 2004

On Sunday, Sept. 26, an incident occurred in Squires Student Center between noon and 2 p.m. The door of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) student office was defaced with racial slurs and inappropriate messages. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Virginia Tech Police at 231-8122 or 231-8121. This was not a simple act of vandalism, but rather a hate crime and will be investigated as such.

This incident appears to have been the act of an individual and is not representative of our community. The administration, faculty, and staff abhor this insensitive and criminal act. Such an act is contrary to the values of the university community and will not be tolerated. We will continue to support the work of all organizations in their important mission and purpose, as we stand for the rights of all and to ensure a diverse and welcoming community for all.

We must work together as we move forward with the healing process, and we are taking immediate and proactive steps to respond to this incident.

Landrum L. Cross, Vice President for Student Affairs

Benjamin Dixon, Vice President for Multicultural Affairs

Kurt J. Krause, Vice President for Business Affairs