SAN DIEGO — Days ahead of the start of classes at San Diego State, fliers and stickers supporting a white nationalist hate group were found Thursday in several locations on the campus.
The materials were posted at the Women’s Resource Center and the Pride Center Wednesday night or early Thursday and were reported by staff members Thursday morning, according to the university.
The university said the materials were in the process of being removed.
A statement from the university read in part:
“Further, the university denounces white nationalist hate groups and any form of action or conduct that serves to incite hatred or intolerance, which are inconsistent with SDSU’s community values of diversity and inclusion. Our campus community is one that deeply values and respects diversity, difference and inclusion.”
Students began moving into student housing Thursday, and classes start Monday.
Many students were surprised by the campus-wide email that alerted them of the materials.
“I was a little scared. Especially at a place that has such a diverse community,” incoming SDSU freshman, Zachary Burke, told FOX 5.
“It hits home. It hurts, and it’s not just here, it’s everywhere unfortunately,” another student said.
Campus officials did not release images of the materials or name the group that it promoted.
Officials encourage students experiencing harassment or discrimination to contact SDSU’s Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities by calling 619-594-3069. Counseling and Psychological Services may be reached by calling 619-594-5220. Students can report suspicious activity to University Police by calling 619-594-1991. Students can also report an anonymous, non-urgent tip by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remnants of stickers left by “white nationalist hate groups” at the SDSU Pride Center and Women’s Resource Center. “As a community that deeply values and respects diversity and difference, we reject the hatred and intolerance these fliers and stickers attempted to promote.” -SDSU pic.twitter.com/H8kWm1FxfY
— Justina Myers (@JustinaReports) August 23, 2019