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Racist, derogatory graffiti found at Lebanon Valley College

Written by Merriell Moyer/Lebanon Daily News | Nov 15, 2016 4:40 AM
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Lebanon Valley College.(Photo: Jeremy Long--Lebanon Daily News)

(Annville) -- Graffiti with racially derogatory language was found on a building at Lebanon Valley College (LVC), 101 College Ave., Annville, Monday afternoon.

A link to the Facebook page of Women's Services and Gender Resource Center that allegedly shows the graffiti can be found below. Warning: graphic language is contained.

https://www.facebook.com/WomensServicesandGenderResourceCenter/?fref=ts

"Earlier today, the Division of Student Affairs received a report of racially derogatory language on the exterior of the Women's Services and Gender Resource Center, which also serves as student housing," a post on LVC's Facebook page said. "Such language is unacceptable on our campus and violates Lebanon Valley College's policies on conduct and expression."

Students at the Women's Services and Gender Resource Center reported the graffiti, which was sprayed near the doorway of the building's main entrance, in the early afternoon.

The graffiti, according to a photo posted on the Women's Services and Gender Resource Center Facebook page, says "N-word # Trump."

The graffiti was removed, and the Annville Township police are conducting an investigation into the incident, according to Molly O'Brien-Foelsch, head of marketing and communication at LVC.

"There are no leads at this time that I'm aware of," O'Brien-Foelsch said. "But Public Safety will have an increased presence on campus because of this."

The Annville Township Police Department confirmed that they received a report on the incident, that they are investigating and that they will increase patrols around the campus, but could not comment further on the case.

The leadership from both academic and student affairs will be available to support students to foster a civil campus community in the wake of the incident, according to O'Brien-Foelsch.

"Even before this incident occurred, faculty and staff were holding small group meetings with students to help them sort out their thoughts and feelings regarding the results of the recent election," O'Brien-Foelsch said.

O'Brien-Foelsch added that she felt the graffiti was influenced by the result of the presidential election.

LVC is offering support to the residents and any member of the community affected by the situation, and they invite anyone who needs support during this time to contact either Student Affairs at 717-867-6233 or the Counseling Center at 717-867-6232.

"As a college, Lebanon Valley is dedicated to inclusion, open dialogue, civility, and respect," the Facebook post said. "We will continue our work to foster a strong campus community."

In Dec. 2015, a group of LVC students demanded reform in the name of equality by providing a list of demands that included issues of faculty diversity, handicapped accessibility and LGBTQ+ concerns along with requesting that the name of Lynch Memorial Hall be changed because of its suggested racial overtones, according to a story in the Dec. 11 edition of the Lebanon Daily News.

The demand to alter the building's name garnered national media attention and ridicule on social media, according to the article, but "that concern was just one small part of a much larger group of demands, including a lack of diverse faculty and a curriculum focused on 'normative' Western history."

This story is part of a partnership between WITF and the Lebanon Daily News.

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