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Special Alert: Bias-Based Postings / Defaced Posters on Campus

Feb. 10, 2013

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the office of Safety and Security is giving notice of safety advice relating to reported incidents.

To: The Oberlin College Community

From: Marjorie Burton, Director of Safety and Security

Date: February 10, 2013

The Safety and Security Office is informing the Oberlin Community of several reports of bias-based writings, (either postings or remarks defacing authorized postings,) where the perception of witnesses to the writings, or the motive of the offender reflect bias. The writings involved symbols, writings, or disparaging or offensive terms toward race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin.

Reported incidents include: • Saturday February 9, 2013 at approximately 8:14 p.m. a student reported removing a flyer near the entry door of King. The poster displayed an offensive symbol, and referred readers to an anti-Semitic web site. • Saturday February 9, 2013 at approximately 6:09 p.m. a College staff member reported finding an abandoned note on the floor of Stevenson Hall as he passed through the building on Friday. The note displayed a disparaging and offensive racial term and referred to an address of an internet hate site. • On Sunday, February 10, 2013 at approximately 9:07 a.m. a student reported a poster in the Science Center defaced with disparaging and offensive terms based on sexual orientation. Other postings were found near the main entrance written in marker on existing posters displaying disparaging and offensive terms for persons of specific race, religion, and/or ethnicity or sexual orientation. Oberlin College is committed to an institutional environment free from discrimination and harassment for students and employees. The Safety and Security Office encourages anyone who might have information or may have witnessed anyone involved in these or other incidents of a disparaging nature, to contact the Safety and Security Office (whose office is open continuously,) or Dean Eric Estes directly with information they may have to report. Additionally, if you find any such postings, please contact the Safety and Security office directly, and an officer will respond. The contact number for the Safety and Security office is 440-775-8444; Dean Estes may be contacted via email at eestes@oberlin.edu