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March 15, 2015 9:29 pm

John Jay Hillel Questions ‘Arguably Inadequate Response’ to Swastikas Found on Campus

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A Jewish student group challenged the response of campus officials after swastikas were discovered over the past weeks at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, The Algemeiner has learned.

The first swastika was found in a men’s room on Monday, March 2, 2015. A second swastika was discovered one week later. The offensive graffiti was first reported late last week by CBS New York.

According to a March 10th email obtained by The Algemeiner, John Jay’s branch of Hillel questioned the initial response of campus administration to the incidents. John Jay Hillel also called for increased uniformed and plainclothes security patrols near the group’s offices.

In the email, John Jay Hillel specifically questioned what it called an “arguably inadequate response” to the incident. It argued that the campus security handled the first incident internally, and never notified campus administration or faculty. Though the administration did report the second incident to the entire school community, Hillel said that the administration did not “specifically mention that the graffiti was a swastika.”

According to CBS, John Jay President Jeremy Travis “sent a letter to the campus community saying such behavior has no place at John Jay. He wrote that school vice president Lynette Cook-Francis met with some of representatives of the groups that were targeted, and planned to meet with more.”

Travis also said that school officials have met with the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit.

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