Track Acts of Hate

Nationally and on our campus, acts of hate are on the rise, ranging often from vandalism (e.g., defacing or destroying posters) to graffiti in public spaces (e.g. harmful messages on university property). Acts of hate are often acts of cowardice, as a community we stand united and reject hate. 

Increasingly, universities across the country are creating bias reporting logs to increase transparency about rising hate. Our intention in sharing the nature of the incidents below is to keep the campus community informed of the challenges we face and we update it weekly.

The university views these actions as a serious violation of community standards. If an individual is identified we will pursue suspension and/or expulsion from the University as well as cooperate fully with local jurisdiction for pursuit of a criminal complaint. 

Reporting Matters. It helps us to track incidents, observe patterns, and provide support. If you have information that could aid in the investigation of the incidents below, please contact UMass Police at 413-545-2121.

To learn more about what is being done in response to these hate incidents, please review the summary of actions taken.

Date

Nature of Incident

Location

12/5/18

A swastika was drawn on Hanukkah sign affixed to an RA door

Baker - Residential Hall

12/5/18

A swastika was carved into a stall wall in the men's bathroom

Baker - Residential Hall

12/4/18

Homophobic graffiti carved into a stall wall in the men's bathroom.

Baker - Residential Hall

11/29/18

A swastika was drawn on the pavement

Prince Crampton and MacKimmie - Residence Hall Courtyard

11/28/18

A swastika was carved into floor signage

Knowlton - Residence Hall

11/27/18

Existing posters on a faculty door pertaining to LGBTQ and feminism were torn down.

Thompson Hall

11/13/18

An anti-Semitic, homophobic, and transphobic message was found on a residents dorm room door.

John Quincy Adams - Residential Hall

11/7/18

An existing poster denouncing racism was defaced with a racial epithet.

Melville - Residential Hall

11/6/18

Flyers and stickers from a white nationalist hate group were posted across campus.

Herter Hall, Franklin Dining Commons, Bartlett Hall, Integrative Learning Center, Lamp posts

10/19/18

An existing poster on a faculty office door was defaced with an Islamophobic note.

Machmer Hall

10/17/18

Racist graffiti carved into a stall door in the men's bathroom.

Fine Arts Center

10/16/18

Racist meme airdropped to phones during dinner.

Berkshire Dining Hall

9/28/18

Anti-Semitic graffiti found in a library book.

DuBois Library

9/27/18

An existing poster featuring an African-American man was defaced, his image was targeted and the posters were ripped.

Thompson Hall

9/24/18

An existing poster featuring an African-American man was defaced, his image was torn off.

Machmer Hall

9/22/18

Threatening racist graffiti was found on a bathroom mirror.

Melville - Residential Hall

9/19/18

Racist and anti-Semitic slurs reported by students.

Thatcher - Residential Hall

9/18/18

Vandalized student office, posters torn down and defaced. Image of President Obama cut out of large poster.

Bartlett Hall

9/16/18

An existing poster featuring an Asian man was defaced, his image was cut out.

Marston Hall

Responding to Hate

In the aftermath of hate our priority is restoring a sense of psychological safety by providing mental health resources to help impacted individuals and communities rebound. Hate takes its toll and hateful acts aim to intimidate and hinder our goals of inclusive community. To all of our students, faculty, and staff who have been the targets of hate, do not despair. We care about you and stand with you. These hateful acts strengthen the resolve of every member of the UMass community to reject hatred in all its forms and stand united in defense of tolerance, diversity and inclusion.

To learn more about how the university responds to acts of hate review the hate response protocol. If you're frustrated by the rising tide of hate seek out local resources for advocacy and support, as well as national outlets for training and tools to combat hate. Visit our Hate Has No Home at UMass initiative page to understand acts of hate on college campuses, learn how to take steps to interrupt acts of hate and speak up against bigotry, and much more.