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September 17, 2019

Dear members of the Tufts community:

It is with great disappointment that I inform you of an incident of anti-Semitism at our university. Yesterday, we learned that a Jewish student returning home to his residence hall on the Medford/Somerville campus Sunday night found a swastika affixed to his door. I condemn this cowardly act of hatred and ignorance. It is a direct attack on our Jewish community and an affront to our values as an institution.

The Tufts University Police Department and the Office of Equal Opportunity are both investigating, and any member of our community who is found to be responsible will face disciplinary sanctions consistent with our University policies against discrimination, bias, and hate.

This attack occurs as we prepare to welcome author and Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt to our community this afternoon to discuss the recent rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric in America. This incident of anti-Semitism on our own campus demonstrates exactly why Professor Lipstadt’s work and her appearance today are critically important. I encourage those of you who are able to attend to join us in ASEAN Auditorium from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to learn and recommit ourselves to fighting the forces of hatred that seek to diminish our friends and fellow community members.

In these times of division and disunity, we must remain ever vigilant in our efforts to ensure that Tufts remains an open, tolerant, and welcoming home for all.

Sincerely,

Tony Monaco