SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The University of California Hastings College of the Law is investigating anti-Semitic vandalism found at the school this week, according to Chancellor and Dean David Faigman.
A student came back from spring break and found that someone had partially burned their mezuzah, which is a scroll mounted on the doorframe of a Jewish residence, the school’s dean said in a statement.
The burned scroll was on the entrance of the student’s room in McAllister Tower, a residence hall at 100 McAllister Street, and was reported to school officials Monday, the first day of classes following spring break.
The college’s spokesman Alex Shapiro said when exactly the scroll was burned is still under investigation by police.
Shapiro said he’s never heard of a mezuzah on campus being burned or any similar type of incident in the six years he’s been with the college.
The public information officer of the school told KRON4 that the students are really upset about the incident.
Here is the full letter sent out by Faigman:
UCSF Police are investigating a profoundly disturbing incident that occurred this past week in the Hastings Tower. In what appears to be a cowardly act of anti-Semitism, someone partially burned the mezuzah on the doorframe of a UC Hastings student. This matter is under investigation and we hope to identify the perpetrator quickly. If you have any information about this incident, please contact UCSF Police or my office.
I am deeply troubled by the possible implications of such an act on our campus. We will not tolerate hateful actions of any sort against members of our community. UC Hastings is dedicated to the principals of diversity and inclusion. Members of our community have a right to a safe educational environment and we will do everything we can to ensure the safety and security of all.
No other information has been made available by the school.
Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call the University of California at San Francisco police investigations unit at (415) 476-1414.
UCSF police are responsible for the safety at the UC Hastings College of the Law.
Bay City News contributed to this report.
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