University of Michigan police investigate racist language on dorm name tags

Posted at 11:24 PM, Sep 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 05:21:13-04

University of Michigan police are investigating after racist language was found on dorm room name tags at the West Quad residence halls on campus.

The university's Black Student Union said three black students were targeted after someone wrote the N-word underneath their names.

In a tweet, University President Mark Schlissel said police would investigate the circumstances.

"Racism has no place @UMich," Schlissel tweeted. "I urge @UMichStudents to stand strong, support one another & report."

University police said they would increase patrols at the West Quad residence halls in response to the incident.

In a statement, the Black Student Union said they urge fellow classmates with any knowledge to the incident to come forward.

"This is not only a crime of vandalism, but also a hate crime carried out by those with access to our campus and residence halls, presumably underclassmen students," the organization said. "We expect an appropriate response from the university, including an investigation and consequences for those involved in the vandalism."