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Swastikas, hate incidents on University of Maryland, UMBC campuses investigated, police say

Swastikas, hate incidents on University of Maryland, UMBC campuses investigated, police say
A swastika on a classroom table was reported to UMBC police Oct. 3. (Courtesy UMBC Police Department)

Police at University of Maryland's flagship College Park campus and University of Maryland Baltimore County are investigating a spate of hate incidents, most involving drawings of swastikas.

In College Park, police say someone used black marker to draw swastikas and scrawl hateful language inside a men's restroom stall in the Ellicott Dining Hall. The incidents occurred on Sept. 28, Oct. 7 and Oct. 9.

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Police are offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an identification of the person responsible.

Anyone with information about the College Park incidents should call 301-405-3555 or email investigations@umpd.umd.edu.

Campus police at College Park have served a criminal summons to one individual accused of malicious distribution of property. This person has been served with a denial of access to campus and is no longer an employee of the university, college officials said.

"Diversity and inclusion are core values of our institution, and these values will and must be upheld. We are currently leading forward a campus-wide action plan to combat hate and create a safer campus for all," a statement from the university said.

At UMBC's Catonsville campus, authorities are also investigating swastikas being drawn on or carved into surfaces in restrooms, classrooms and residential buildings.

Reports of such incidents began over the summer and have continued through the semester, police said in a crime alert.

Police are asking anyone with information about the UMBC incidents to call 410-455-5555.

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