When vandals used Swastikas to deface flyers announcing a Louis D. Brandeis Center event at Northeastern University, President Joseph E. Aoun immediately issued a statement that is exemplary for its promptness, firmness, and specificity, as well as for the fact that President Aoun issued it personally while announcing that the university police department is actively investigating the case.

To the Members of the Northeastern Community:

An incident has occurred on our campus that is completely unacceptable and an affront to our entire community and the values of our university. This afternoon, swastikas were drawn on two flyers posted in Dockser Hall publicizing an event, sponsored by the Alliance for Israel at Northeastern and the Louis D. Brandeis Center, scheduled to take place Monday at the School of Law.

Let there be no doubt: we have absolutely no tolerance for anti-Semitism, prejudice, and hate crimes of any kind, including this incident. The Northeastern University Police Department is in possession of evidence related to this act and is actively investigating the case.

Let me also affirm my support for all groups, including the organizers of Monday’s event, to operate and speak freely in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding, and free from intimidation. Northeastern is a community that embraces diversity in all its forms, and we will always cherish and uphold this value with vigor and determination. We will not accept anything less.

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