SANTA CRUZ — A racial slur apparently aimed at Black individuals was found carved into a UC Santa Cruz bulletin board this week, an action classified as hate speech, according to university officials.
The vandalism was reported at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday at Oakes College’s E Block on Oakes Road, according to UCSC crime logs. Police did not immediately know when the vandalism first occurred and had no immediate perpetrator leads, according to the log.
Maintenance officials were asked to remove the entire bulletin board after a photograph of the vandalism was taken.
“It’s considered hate speech, and it has no place on our campus,” UCSC spokesperson Scott Jason-Hernandez said in response to an inquiry. “We seek to sustain an environment in which everyone in our campus community feels welcomed and valued.”
Members of the community may access information on reporting acts of hate, bias, harassment and discrimination, as well as to access support resources, at ucsc.edu/resources.