One of the school’s resident assistants discovered graffiti, including a swastika and the word “Trump,” at the university’s Nassau Residence Hall Friday.
This marks the second investigation launched into alleged hate crimes in New York in the past few days, Gov. Cuomo stated.
“To those who think they can intimidate our fellow New Yorkers through racism or anti-Semitism, I have one message: Don’t count on it,” the governor said in a statement. “It is unacceptable that this is the second investigation that we have had to announce in the last several hours. Any and every reported incident will be investigated and pursued to the fullest extent of the law by the state police, and the Division of Human Rights.”
Student leaders also condemned the incident last weekend, following the SUNY Student Assembly’s fall conference in Albany.
“We unanimously, and vigorously, support SUNY’s unwavering dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” the group stated. “We condemn the recent abhorrent display of hate, racial bigotry, and anti-Semitism at SUNY Geneseo in the strongest terms, and will continue our efforts to make all campuses welcoming, and inclusive places to live and learn. This glaring reminder that hatred and evil exists among us can be very frightening. We encourage anyone who needs it to avail themselves of counseling services provided on campus, and we ask each and every student to move forward united, and resolved to fight against prejudice, and bigotry of any kind.”
In addition, “I strongly condemn such a thoughtless act, which runs completely counter to the values and welcoming environment of our inclusive community,” SUNY Geneseo president Denise Battles said in an email to students on Saturday.
Battles has asked anyone with information regarding the incident to contact university police at (585) 245-5651, or (585) 245-5222.